By Asia Samachar Team | THAILAND |
It is now exactly one month since the shocking death of a British Sikh father in a five-star hotel on the Thai island of Phuket. And the alleged killer is said to be on the run.
Interpol has launched a global hunt for the Norwegian bodybuilder who allegedly choked to death Amitpal Singh Bajaj before possibly fleeing the country, according to media reports.
Roger Bullman is believed to have gone on the run after he was given bail for allegedly killing the 34-year old IT consultant in Phuket on August 21.
“We filed a motion with the Foreign Affairs Division on Sept 17, and the notice was issued (on Sept 18),” Colonel Prawit Suthiruengarun, police chief of Karon sub-district, where the incident took place, was quoted in Straits Times.
The notice, seen by the Singapore newspaper, indicated that Bullman is an “escape risk” and “violent”
Amitpal, a Malaysian-born who held British citizenship, perished in the scuffle on the night before he was scheduled to leave with his Singapore-born wife Bandhna Kaur Bajaj and two-year old son Veer Singh.
A ‘Red Notice’ is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action, according to the Interpol website. They are published by the international police organisation at the request of a member country, and must comply with its constitution and rules. However, it is not deemed an international arrest warrant.
Interpol issuing a warning to find the ‘dangerous’ 6ft 2in Norwegian bodybuilder makes a mockery of Thai prosecutors’ decision to give him bail in the first place, reported British newspaper Daily Mail.
Bullman told detectives he strangled Bajaj after breaking into his hotel suite where he was sleeping with his wife and their young son. Yet despite his confession to a crime that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years for manslaughter, police let him go and he escaped Thailand and got over the border into Cambodia, the newspaper reported.
Now senior police sources in Phuket say the 54-year-old former bodyguard is in Vietnam and last Friday visited the Norway embassy in Hanoi where he reported that he had lost his passport and applied for a replacement. Thai police have contacted the embassy warning that Bullman is a fugitive wanted for manslaughter, the report added.
In an earlier statement sent to Asia Samachar, Bandhna had recounted the events that led to the tragic loss of her husband. See full account here.
Thai police launches manhunt for alleged Norwegian killer – Report (Asia Samachar, 5 Sept 2019)
Teary farewell for Phuket victim Amitpal Singh Bajaj (Asia Samachar, 25 Aug 2019)
“Please just go, go, save Veer” (Asia Samachar, 23 Aug 2019)