Prakash had approximately two film roles a year and, at the time of his arrest, had acted in at least 28 regional films.
Indian police last Sunday arrested a fugitive accused of murder who ended up making a career as an actor, managing to evade justice for about 30 years, pick up local media.
The search for Om Prakash began last year, after police began investigating criminals in the northern state of Haryana who had gone missing. Agents got their first clue to his whereabouts two months ago, when the man made a WhatsApp call to his brother, with what they could track your location.
Hiding on silver screen: 30 years after murder, accused held in UP – now a full-time actor In 1992, then 35 years old, Om Prakash allegedly stabbed Dharampal, who was riding a bike, during an attempt to rob him in Bhiwani. https://t.co/HABt17N3LN
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After subjecting him to weeks of telephone surveillance, the security forces ambushed near his house and they were able to interrogate him. Known as ‘Pasha’, the man eventually admitted to being Om Prakash, wanted by Indian law enforcement.
Police officials confirmed that the detainee had engaged in crime in the second half of the 1980s, and that his criminal history includes car thefts, motorcycles and other objects, such as a sewing machine.
In 1992, when he was 35 years old, he was accused of having stabbed a person during an attempted robbery in northern India. A murder case was opened, but Prakash managed to escape police persecution and spent two years in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
However, the need to earn income made him return to the north of the country, where in 1997 married for the second time and built a house. To his new family, Prakash was an ex-military man who had voluntarily retired and turned to film.
“He worked in regional films for the last 15 years. He was doing small supporting roles. He was trying hard to run away from the past and start a new life without criminal charges,” police sub-inspector Vivek Kumar said.
Prakash had approximately two film roles a year and, at the time of his arrest, had acted in at least 28 regional filmsone of which has amassed 7.6 million views on YouTube.