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Four-year hunt ends as police arrest killer hit-run fugitive Puneet Puneet in India

Puneet Puneet outside Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in...
Puneet Puneet outside Melbourne Magistrates' Court in 2008. Source: News Limited
Puneet Puneet outside Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in...

Police investigators on at the scene of the accident in 2008, outside the Mantra Hotel on City Rd.

 Dean Hofstee was killed when he was hit by allegedly drunk L-plate driver Puneet Puneet.

Sukhcharanjit Singh was sentenced to two years jail for helping Puneet Puneet flee the country.

Police at the scene of the crash.

Killer hit-run driver arrested in India

Dean's parents along with police offered a $100,000 reward for the whereabouts of Pune...

Dean Hofstee with Clancy Coker, who was badly injured.
FUGITIVE killer driver has been arrested in his native India after four years on the run.
Puneet Puneet, now 24, was dramatically arrested by India police at the request of Australian authorities after new information came to light in October, the Sunday Herald Sun can reveal.
Puneet was arrested by police following a tip-off from Interpol, local media reported.
Indian police swooped when Puneet went to Rajpura province to meet somebody he knew.
Puneet Puneet outside Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in...
Puneet Puneet outside Melbourne Magistrates' Court in 2008.

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Vikramjit Singh Brar, station house officer at Banur police station, said: ""We arrested him on Friday (when) he had come to meet a friend.
"He was produced in court (and) we have informed the Australian High Commission."
He faced court on Friday and is now being held in ­custody.
Police investigators on at the scene of the accident in 2008, outside the Mantra Hotel on City Rd.
Police investigators on at the scene of the accident in 2008, outside the Mantra Hotel on City Rd.
Puneet fled Australia in June 2009 as he awaited sentencing over a fatal smash that killed Queenslander Dean Hofstee, 19, in Southbank, on October 1, 2008.
"Puneet's arrest is the result of close and continued cooperation between Victoria Police's Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives and Australian and Indian authorities," Sergeant Kris Hamilton said.
Learner driver Puneet was drunk and driving at almost 150km/h when he crashed into Mr Hofstee and a fellow university student on City Rd, Southbank, at 12.50am.
 Dean Hofstee was killed when he was hit by allegedly drunk L-plate driver Puneet Puneet.
Dean Hofstee (left) was killed in Melbourne's CBD on October 1, 2008.
Mr Hofstee was killed instantly and friend Clancy Coker suffered critical injuries.
Puneet fled the scene, but was later arrested and recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.165.
He should have had a zero alcohol reading as a learner.

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Sukhcharanjit Singh was sentenced to two years jail for helping Puneet Puneet flee the country.
Sukhcharanjit Singh was sentenced to two years jail for helping Puneet Puneet flee the country.
He lied about swerving to miss a cat, but eventually pleaded guilty to culpable driving and negligently causing ­serious injury.
Puneet was given strict bail conditions and was forced to surrender his Republic of India passport - but he fled to India on June 12, 2009, before being sentenced, using friend Sukhcharanjit Singh's passport.
Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit (MCIU), who have never given up on the case, have been quietly hopeful of capturing the runaway in recent months.
Police at the scene of the crash.
Police at the scene of the crash.
The Sunday Herald Sun understands police had been preparing to launch a major social media campaign to find Puneet - but ditched the idea in the lead-up to the fifth anniversary of the fatal collision due to new information.
It is believed Puneet was working in India - a job that involved driving - and "living a normal life".
It is also understood Puneet had made contact with friends in Victoria and there were people who may have known where he was in India.

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Killer hit-run driver arrested in India
Puneet fled Australia in June as he awaited sentencing over a fatal smash in which Queenslander Dean Hofstee was killed in Melbourne's CBD.
It is not known if anyone is eligible to claim the $100,000 reward - the first ever reward for a traffic case in Victoria - announced last year by Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill.
"It has been almost four years since this tragedy occurred and investigators want to provide some resolution to this, particularly for the family of Dean Hofstee," Mr Hill said at the time.
"Our initial investigation resulted in Puneet being charged with extremely serious criminal offences, what we want now is for those matters to have their day in court."

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Dean's parents along with police offered a $100,000 reward for the whereabouts of Pune...
Dean Hoftsee's parents Peter and Fran.
He added: "It is a terrible tragedy for any family to have to go through."
MCIU detectives have been working with Australian Federal Police officials, counterparts in India, consular officials and Interpol to bring Puneet to justice.
It is hoped there will not be a long delay in bringing Puneet back to Victoria after a bilateral treaty was signed in 2011, which means prosecutors do not have to prove their case in India but just "reasonably establish that the person sought has committed the offence".
Dean Hofstee with Clancy Coker, who was badly injured.
Dean Hofstee with Clancy Coker, who was badly injured.
"It is now a matter for Indian authorities to determine whether Puneet should be extradited to Australia," Sgt Hamilton said.
THE LONG ROAD TO JUSTICE:
October 1, 2008: Learner driver Puneet Puneet, 19, hits two Gold Coast university students with his V8 Holden Commodore as they leave the Mantra Hotel on City Rd, Southbank at about 12.50am. Nursing student Dean Hofstee, 19, takes the brunt of the impact and dies at the scene. His close friend Clancy Coker, 20, is seriously injured. Puneet is charged with culpable driving and released on bail. A preliminary investigation suggests Puneet was travelling at more than 150km/h in a 60km/h zone and had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.165.
October 2, 2008: Puneet tells the Herald Sun he drank four whisky and cola drinks at a party in Nunawading before the crash. He blames the crash on sore eyes and a cat that he says darted across the road and made him lose control.
October 10, 2008: Mr Hofstee is farewelled at a service packed with mourners at the Gold Coast's Trinity Anglican Mission.
February 4, 2009: Puneet, now 20, pleads guilty to culpable driving causing Mr Hofstee's death and negligent driving causing serious injuries to Mr Coker. A witness statement tendered to the court says Puneet flew by at such a furious speed that it appeared he "must have been on a suicide mission".
June 12, 2009: Puneet flees to India using a co-worker's passport.
August 20, 2009: Puneet's flight comes to public attention, as police reveal the fugitive had not reported to them for almost two months. A County Court judge issues a warrant for his arrest. Puneet's co-worker Sukhcharanjit Singh, 20, faces court over accusations he gave Puneet his passport. He is later charged.
August 21, 2009: The State Government declares cost would be no object in bringing Puneet back from India, but face a roadblock due to Australia not having an extradition treaty with India. The Director of Public Prosecutions says he will start extradition proceedings as soon as police confirm Puneet's whereabouts in India.
September 30, 2009: Victoria Police and the Office of Public Prosecution are left red-faced after it is revealed they failed to correctly complete paperwork to extradite Puneet from India.
October 14, 2009: It emerges at a bail hearing for Singh that Puneet held a farewell party with mates before fleeing justice.
October 15, 2009: Singh is released on bail despite fears he could follow Puneet in fleeing to India.
March 24, 2011: Singh, now 22, is jailed for a minimum of 18 months for helping Puneet flee.
August 7, 2012: Police issue a $100,000 reward for finding Puneet.
November 30, 2013: Puneet is arrested in India.

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