The serial woman killer, Mukesh Thakur (22), was thrown out of his home at a tender age for consuming liquor.
He was just 14 when his father late Naresh Thakur, a barber, “disowned” him for his habit of drinking. He developed a weakness for liquor after coming in contact with a person in his native village Chipura, on the outskirts of the city.
“Mukesh is uneducated but knows to sign his name. He used to do some odd jobs at the residence of one Lakkhu Singh, a resident of the same village, when in his teens. Singh’s father, whose name Mukesh cannot recall, used to ask him to fetch liquor for him. Soon, he also developed a liking for alcohol. He was 13 then. Under the influence of Singh’s father, he developed the habit of stealing. By the time he was 14, he was thrown out of his house. Maybe, he wouldn’t turn into what he is today if his family had extended him proper help,” Patna senior superintendent of police Amrit Raj told The Telegraph on Monday.
Mukesh might not be able to recall the man who pushed him into the crime lane, but minute details of each of his victims is still fresh in his mind.
“When the police started interrogating him, he started giving minute details about each of his victims,” the officer said.
Mukesh was very careful while committing any crime, said the officer.
“He never used to do things by fluke. Before entering any household, he used to switch off his cellphone. He used to switch it on only after he reached his rented accommodation at Phulwarisharif,” he said.
Raj said: “Mukesh needed a minimum of Rs 300 every day for his drink. So he used to try to steal almost every day.”
He added: “There were instances when Mukesh entered households and stole whatever he could without harming anyone as he did not come across any woman,” he said.
Mukesh has a brother and two sisters. His elder brother Rajkumar works in salon at Bihiya in Buxar district.
One of his sisters is married. The other stays at Chipura village with her mother.