Police may have nabbed serial killer Mukesh Thakur but such luck has eluded them in many murder cases in the capital over the past two years.
The other assailants might not have been “psychopath” as the police have termed Mukesh, but they executed the crimes in cold blood. Unlike Mukesh, whose friendship with three men landed him behind bars, these assailants have been on the run, leaving the cops clueless and punching holes in the claim of a strong law and order system.
“At least five cases in the past two years have perplexed the police. Killers in three of four murder cases in Patna last year are yet to be identified. The man, who wiped off his entire family in a city hotel in 2011, poses a challenge to us,” a police officer told The Telegraph.
Topping the police’s most-wanted list is Devesh. The middle-aged man, who came to Patna from New Delhi and murdered his stepmother and two sisters at their Patliputra residence in Patna before fleeing to Toronto in Canada, remains elusive till now. The trio’s battered bodies were found on December 15, 2012. “Though the police acted swiftly, Devesh slipped away by December 18. Investigations revealed that the victims had not treated Devesh well since childhood. He vent his pent-up anger by murdering them. Though we have sought the Interpol’s help, he is still at large,” the officer added.
The assailant of 50-year-old Krishna Singh, the wife of a retired BSEB chief engineer, has managed to remain a riddle for the cops. Krishna was hit on her head with a heavy object at her Kankerbagh residence on August 6, 2012. “Investigations in the case are on,” said an officer at Kankerbagh police station.
On July 20, 2012, Neelam Sharma, the principal of a primary school in Rajiv Nagar, was found breathing faintly and tied to a cot at her home-cum-school. She was rushed to hospital, where she was pronounced dead. “This cannot be a single person’s job. The killers are on the run,” a police officer said.
The killer of middle-aged Sangita Sinha, a lawyer murdered in her Buddha Marg flat, is also unknown. “She was battered to death. Her body was found on June 20, 2012,” a police officer at Kotwali police station said.
Shravan, who poisoned his wife, sister-in-law and three children at Hotel Palika near Patna Junction, is also on the run. Their bodies were recovered on October 22, 2011.