Interpol searching for absconding Manmohan
Tanzania Interpol has re-issued an alert against an Indian suspected to be hiding in Delhi in connection with the siphoning of funds and important documents of a reputed petroleum company in East Africa.
The absconder has been identified as Manmohan Singh, a resident of Burdwan in West Bengal. Singh, holding an Indian passport number E1067828, used to work with the Mount Meru Petroleum Limited in Tanzania for the last few years and is now absconding. He is suspected to be hiding in Delhi.
Mount Meru Petroleum Limited is owned by an Indian national Tarsem Chand who started the business in 1978 in Arusha in Tanzania. The company’s main line of business has been import and distribution of petroleum products and branded cooking oil to its customers in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Democratic republic of Congo.
Inquiry revealed that while going through the bank details, the company officials found that some important documents and 143 million Tanzanian Shillings are missing from the record. An internal inquiry was ordered and they found contradictory statement in Manmohan’s version. They gave him a week’s time to response and taking advantage of the situation and scared of possible arrest in Tanzania, he fled from East Africa.
Then the company officials lodged a complaint with the Central Police Station in Tabora against Manmohan.
In 2012, the Tanzania Interpol in a letter numbered O/R:CID/HQ/114/India/VOL. II/115/ has alerted the ministry of home affairs in India. However, after failing to get any trace of him, they re-issued the alert last month (October 2013) and sought the Indian external affairs ministry’s help in tracing Manmohan.
Currently, the case is jointly under investigation by the Delhi police and the West Bengal CID. Inquiry revealed that Manmohan transferred the amount, which he siphoned off from the company from his bank account in Tanzania to India before fleeing East Africa.
Investigating sleuths are suspecting that he is hiding in old Delhi and frequently changing his hideout to evade arrest.