After a series of shock killings in Madhya Pradesh, the story of an “angry youth” has resurfaced.
While serial murders are most associated with stories vehemently told in American pop culture, it may not be known that India has had its own shocking cases of “serial killers”, the latest in s adding to the bloody list.
An 18-year-old school dropout accused of killing four security guards in six days in the MP towns of Sagar and Bhopal was a loner who had harbored unexplained “anger” since childhood, according to later reports.
Shivprasad Dhurve, aka Shiva and Halku, the suspected serial killer, was identified through his Aadhaar card and arrested by police on Friday. He lives in Kekra village in Sagar district.
According to police, he targeted sleeping security officers and killed three in Sagar district and one in Bhopal. The first three killings took place less than 72 hours apart earlier in the week, while the fourth victim, from Bhopal, died just hours before Dhurve was arrested.
As the details of the case continue to shock, News18 takes a grisly tour of India’s most chilling serial murder cases, and digs deeper into the most recent:
“Cyanide Mohan”: the man who disguised poison pills as contraceptives
Mohan Kumar, or “Cyanide Mohan” as he would be called, would trick women into taking contraceptives that were actually cyanide pills after having sex with them. He murdered around 20 women between 2005 and 2009. He was also allegedly involved in bank fraud and other financial falsifications. He was sentenced to death in December 2013.
He was accused of attracting women who could not afford to pay dowry or find suitable husbands. He would murder them by giving them cyanide pills disguised as contraceptives and stripping them of their jewelry.
“The Nithari Kand”
The Noida serial murders (also known as the Nithari or Nithari Kand serial murders) took place in 2005 and 2006 at the home of businessman Moninder Singh Pandher in Sector 31, Noida, near the village of Nithari, UP.
Moninder Singh was convicted in two of the five cases brought against him, and his servant Surinder Koli, who assisted him, was convicted in ten of the sixteen cases brought against him. They were both sentenced to death.
The case was filled with chilling details of murdered and missing children, as well as alleged cannibalism.
Two residents of Nithari village reported in December 2006 that they knew the whereabouts of the remains of children who had gone missing over the previous two years: the municipal water tank behind house D5, sector 31, Noida. They both had missing daughters and suspected that Surinder Koli, D5’s domestic helper, was involved in the disappearances. Residents claimed local authorities had repeatedly ignored them, so they sought help from former Resident Welfare Association (RWA) president SC Mishra.
Mishra and the two residents searched the tank drain that morning. After one of the residents claimed to have discovered a decomposed hand, the police were called.
Parents of children missing in the past two years rushed to Nithari with photographs. Koli later confessed to killing six children and a 20-year-old woman known as “Payal” after sexually assaulting them under the pseudonym Satish.
On December 26 and 27, Koli’s employer, Moninder Singh Pandher, and Koli were arrested in connection with “Payal’s” disappearance. Following Koli’s confession, the police dug up the nearby land, where they discovered the bodies of the children.
Allegations of child pornography racketeering, organ trading, necrophilia and cannibalism have made the news. While some of these claims have been dismissed as rumours, investigators have not denied the possibility of others.
Charles Sobhraj: “The Bikini Killer”
Between 1975 and 1976, Charles Sobhraj murdered approximately 12 people in various parts of Southeast Asia. Sobhraj, unlike other killers, used to kill his victims and then steal their money to fund his lavish lifestyle. He would gain the trust of his potential victims by saving them from a problem he had caused.
He was dubbed the “Bikini Killer” after the bodies of two women in floral bikinis were discovered. He was apprehended in India and imprisoned from 1976 to 1997. He was later arrested in Nepal in 2004, and is currently serving his second life sentence.
The “butcher of Delhi” who liked to taunt the police
A new detective series has refocused national attention on a serial killer who dismembered his victims before dumping their bodies in the nation’s capital. Chandrakant Jha, a serial killer, was found guilty of his crimes, which included taunting and challenging the police to catch him before he struck again.
Jha, a migrant worker from eastern Bihar state, committed his first murder in 1998 but charges against him were eventually dropped due to lack of evidence, despite being arrested and detained for four year.
Between 1998 and 2007, Chandrakant Jha (b. 1967) befriended, then murdered and dismembered 18 victims in West Delhi. His first murder took place in 1998, for which he was arrested and imprisoned until 2002, when he was released for lack of evidence. After his release, he embarked on a killing spree. Shekar and Umesh came first in 2003, followed by Guddu in 2005, Amit in 2006 and Upender and Dalip in 2007.
He would befriend migrant workers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and help them find odd jobs. Later, small disagreements over things like stealing, lying, or being non-vegetarian would lead to him strangling them to death.
Chandrakant liked to taunt the police by leaving dismembered body parts around town and outside Tihar Jail with notes, daring the cops to apprehend him. In February 2013, he was found guilty of three counts of murder and was sentenced to two death sentences as well as life imprisonment until death.
In January 2016, his death sentences were commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His parole request was denied in January 2022.
Raman Raghav or the “Jack Reaper of India”
Raman Raghav, also known as “Pyscho Raman”, terrorized the slum dwellers of Mumbai in the 1960s. He killed his victims with a truncheon.
He was diagnosed with schizophrenia when arrested, but confessed to killing 23 people. His confession, however, was highly suspect given that he was not mentally stable. In 1995, he died of kidney failure.
How did it happen
In August 1968, a series of murders took place on the outskirts of Mumbai. As they slept, residents of sidewalks and slums were bludgeoned to death. All the murders were committed at night and with a hard, blunt object. A similar series of murders had taken place in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai a few years earlier (1965-66). That year, no less than 19 people were attacked, 9 of whom died.
Raman Raghav was arrested after police suspected him. He was a homeless man who had previously been mentioned in police records and had spent five years in prison for robbery. The police let him go because no solid evidence could be found against him for the new series of crimes. When the killer struck again in 1968, the police set out to find him. Ramakant Kulkarni, then CID Deputy Police Commissioner (Crime), took over the investigation and conducted an extensive, city-wide search operation. The police managed to arrest him in this attempt.
In his confession, he admitted to murdering 41 people along the GIP line (Great Indian Peninsular Railway, as the Central Railway (India) was then called) in 1966 and almost a dozen in the suburbs in 1968. He has probably killed many more people. . In Mumbai, there was widespread anxiety and panic among the public. Residents of slums and apartments dreaded sleeping outdoors or with open windows and balconies.
The last murder
In the latest case, Dhurve, a laborer who worked in many places including Maharashtra, an official said.
Khajuri Murder: Dhurve killed Sonu Verma (23), who was a security guard at an area marble shop, by hitting him with a marble pillar in Bhopal’s Khajuri district on Thursday night, the police station official said. local Sandhya Mishra.
Murder of Sagar: His first murder took place in the town of Sagar, about 170 km north of Bhopal, where he killed Kalyan Lodhi, who was in his 50s and worked as a factory guard, on the night of August 28-29. Lodhi’s head was smashed with a hammer.
Third murder: Shambhu Narayan Dube (60), who was on duty as a security guard at a college of arts and commerce, was killed on the night of August 29-30 within the confines of the Civil Lines police station. His head was found crushed by a rock, police said.
Fourth murder: Mangal Ahirwar, a housekeeper, was killed in the Moti Nagar area on the night of August 30-31 after being attacked with a stick.
Read all Latest India News and recent news here