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Last Updated: Friday, 30 July, 2004, 06:24 GMT 07:24 UK
Brothers accused over Hannah hunt
Maninder Pal Singh Kohli in Kalimpong
Maninder Kohli has married a second woman while in India
The brothers of the prime suspect in the murder of a British teenager have been charged with helping him evade capture in India.

Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, 36, is awaiting extradition accused of the rape and murder of Hannah Foster, 17, in Southampton in March 2003.

Ishtpreet Kohli, 33, and Amrit Pal Kohli, 39, were charged with aiding and abetting an offender in the Punjab.

Ishtpreet is a head constable at Punjab police headquarters in Chandigarh.

He is suspected of informing his brother in advance about efforts to catch him and was arrested with Amrit Pal in Mohali, a suburb of Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Police suspect both brothers of sending Maninder money while he was on the run.

Ishtpreet had earlier appealed in the media for his brother to give himself up, saying: "We all advise him to surrender and face the law."

Hannah Foster
Hannah's parents travelled to India to appeal for help in the media

On Wednesday, Maninder Kohli appeared in court at Kharar, near Chandigarh, and was remanded in custody for eight days.

Detectives are currently questioning him about help he may have received before his arrest on 15 July.

Five days before, Hannah's parents Trevor, 53, and Hilary, 47, had travelled to India to appeal for help in catching him.

Local people who recognised Mr Kohli's picture in the paper tipped off police and they raided a motel where he was staying in Kalimpong in the eastern state of West Bengal.

The former sandwich delivery driver, who has a wife and two young children in Southampton, has since also married an Indian woman, Bharati Das.

Ms Das and her family are of Nepalese origin but live in Kalimpong, on the Nepalese border.

It could take as long as 12 months before he is extradited to the UK to stand trial.

Mr Kohli, who lived with his family less than a mile from Hannah's home in Southampton, flew to India two days after her body was found in undergrowth on the outskirts of the city.

Hannah, who was studying A-levels at college, hoped to be a doctor and had won places to study medicine at two universities.

At her funeral, Hannah's history teacher Anne Richardson said her former pupil was "possessed of an extraordinary intellect".





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