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20070602: ‘Serial killer’ bail plea okayed, cops face court heat Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
An alleged serial killer could soon be back on the streets, all because the police failed to file a second chargesheet in time.

Ravindra Kantrolle (36), booked for three murders but believed to be responsible for nine, was granted bail on Saturday.

The only thing keeping the vagabond in jail now is his failure to scrape together the Rs 25,000 for the bond.

While granting him bail, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate MH Bhelosy came down heavily on the police.

“The court does not understand what is happening,” he said. “Sometimes, the police say in their remand applications that there is evidence against the accused, but sometimes they say there isn’t.”

The court added that it was not inclined to grant bail since the charges were serious, but was forced to do so since the Marine Drive police had failed to submit a chargesheet in the second murder case within the stipulated 90 days.

Asked about the delay, Police Commissioner D.N. Jadhav told Hindustan Times: “If there is no evidence, then it should not be manufactured. This only shows that the investigations were truthful.”

He added that this was not a setback, since the man was “still behind bars”.

The Azad Maidan police picked up Kantrolle on January 14. He is believed to have murdered nine beggars in the Churchgate and Marine Drive areas since last October.

After extensive interrogations, including two narcoanalysis tests, the police had claimed that he confessed to several murders.

They could not, however, get a valid confession out of him statements made during narcoanalysis tests are not admissible in court.

They also failed to trace the weapons used in the crimes, the clothes worn by him or any credible witnesses.

The court has now asked the investigating officer in the case to explain by June 7 the delay in gathering evidence.


20070317: No proof of serial killer in south Mumbai: government Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
The Maharashtra government on Saturday said there was no proof that four murders in the southern part of this city over the past three months were committed by the same person.

Home Minister RR Patil said this in the legislative council while replying to a question on the serial killings in south Mumbai by Neelam Gorhe (Shiv Sena) and others.

There were seven unsolved murders in the upscale area, which according to media reports, were carried out under similar circumstances by an alleged serial killer.

Police have arrested two persons in connection with these murders.

Patil, however, put the figure of deaths at four and said there was no evidence showing that the murders were the handiwork of the same person.

20070308: No leads yet in serial killer case, SHRC quizzes police Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News

If the remand plea filed by the Mumbai police in the serial killer case is anything to go by then the police have yet to made any breakthrough in the case whatsoever. The prime accused Ravindra Kantrole was produced in court on Wednesday since his police custody had ended.

In the remand application present by the police in the metropolitan magistrate’s court on Wednesday, the police have said the accused (Ravindra Kantrole) has not given any information regarding the offence in the 14-day police custody.

The remand application further says that the accused will have to be once again put through the narco tests to get more details in the case. Also, the police have yet not recovered the clothes worn by the accused during the alleged offences. There is no clue on whether the accused has any accomplice in the alleged offences. The police have yet not recovered the weapon used in the murders.

The police in the remand application further say that even the victims are yet not identified. According to the police, the accused has yet not thrown any light on the motive of the murders. The police have yet not found out the motive behind the killings. No witnesses have also been traced in any of the seven murders yet.

Kantrole has been in police custody for a total of 28 days now.


20070304: Mumbai cops arrest 2nd murderer Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
The Mumbai Police on Saturday arrested a 25-year-old man and claimed to have solved the murder mystery in South Mumbai after two murders had brought back the fears of the "serial killer".

Police say the man is a drug addict and he has been arrested in connection with the murder of a youth in South Mumbai last Sunday. Police say he is also a suspect in the murder of a 20-year-old migrant worker two days ago.

Mohammed Salaam Sheikh was arrested from the Marine Lines area and produced before a local court, which remanded him to police custody till March 13. Police are, however, tightlipped as to whether the man is connected with the serial murders case.

"We had made several detentions following the murder and arrested Sheikh following some leads that came out during interrogations," Additional Commissioner of Police (South Region) D Kanakratnam said.

According to him, Sheikh is a native of West Bengal and had been staying on South Mumbai streets for over seven years. When asked if Shaikh knew the alleged serial killer Ravindra Kantrolle or about his motive, Kanakratnam said, "We cannot reveal anything as investigations are under way currently."

Following the discovery of the youth's body on Sunday, Mumbai police, which have formed a special investigation team to investigate into at least seven instances of unsolved murders in South Mumbai in similar circumstances, alleged that some accomplices of Kantrolle can be involved in the case..


20070302: Man stabbed: Serial killer strikes again? Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
The serial killing case got murkier after a 20-year-old man was found stabbed on the tracks between the Grant Road and Mumbai Central stations early on Thursday morning.

However, before lapsing into unconsciousness, Raju Gupta, the victim, gave the cops a description of the man who had lured him to a secluded spot on the tracks and stabbed him.

The attacker was in his mid-20s, five-and-a-half-feet tall, wore a Nehru kurta and blue trousers and had a thin moustache.

"This is the first time we got a good description from an eyewitness. We will show him photographs of all suspects and prepare sketches once he regains consciousness," said sub-inspector J B Ladke.

Gupta was found near Mumbai Central station at 12.30 am and was admitted to Nair Hospital, where he is said to be out of danger.

He told the police that he had been released from Byculla jail at 6 pm on Wednesday after being caught ticketless at CST last week when he had arrived from Lucknow in search of a job.

Gupta said a man befriended him near CST on Wednesday night and promised to arrange a job for him. The two walked to the Baba Bahauddin dargah near Bombay Hospital, where the poor are fed free of charge.

Post-mortems of the earlier victims showed that they had had dinner before being killed. Ravindra Kantrulu, who the Mumbai police have arrested as the suspected serial killer, was known to eat at the dargah and lived on a street nearby.

20070301: Mumbai serial killer still on prowl? Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
First the Mumbai police nabbed Ravindra Kantrule and claimed that he had confessed to killing close to 45 people. And now while the alleged “beer can killer” cools his heels in prison, another attacker is on the prowl.

Twenty-year-old Raju Gupta is the latest victim of a brutal attack and is now recuperating in the city’s Nair hospital.

“He has suffered injuries on the hand, chest and back side of the neck. He will be unconscious for at least another 72 hours,” says the Deputy Dean of Nair Hospital, M H Shah.

He was attacked near the railway track between Grant Road and Mumbai Central and is now in ICU after being operated upon this morning.

“This is the first time that a victim has survived. This will help us track down the killer,” says Investigating Officer, J B Ladke.

Raju came to Mumbai only five days ago in search of a job. He was caught travelling without ticket and was sent to Byculla jail. He was released on Wednesday and allegedly met the accused on CST station at 1800 hrs (IST). The accused offered him food, after which both went to sleep on an isolated spot between Mumbai Central and Grand road. At midnight, the accused attacked Raju, but he was able to run and save his life despite being badly wounded.

This is the second such incident in the past one week, but thankfully this time around the victim has managed to survive and will now give some vital information regarding Mumbai's serial killer, who still seems to be on the loose

The police now say that there is a similar pattern emerging in all the murders committed.

"In the previous murders also the killer used to offer sacks to his victims to sleep. This time also it is the same thing,” says Ladke.

It now seems, much to the discomfort of the police, that Kantrule may not be the real killer after all.

There could be other players involved in the killings and this incident could prove to be the turning point in the mystery of Mumbai's serial killer.


20070226: Body found with ‘Beer Man’ stain Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
A drug addict was found murdered near Charni Road station on Sunday evening. The murder bore the signature of the serial killer who terrorised south Mumbai until about a month ago.

The corpse of the addict, a young man of about 21 years, was found under a gunny sack near Charni Road railway station, between poles 2.19 and 2.20, by the side of the pavement. The body had a one-inch gash below one ear and three stab wounds in the chest, and appeared to have been dragged some distance in order to be concealed.

Police said the murder appeared to have been committed early on Sunday morning. The corpse was discovered at about 4.40pm on Sunday after another drug addict informed the railway police. The body has been sent to the JJ Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

A case has been registered by the Churchgate railway police. The killing has baffled police, because Ravindra Kantrole, the man who has thus far been suspected of being the serial killer, is currently in custody.


20070222: Beer can killer admits he killed 40 Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
Forensics officials in Bangalore have revealed to CNN-IBN startling details about the man suspected to be Mumbai's beer can killer. The officials revealed on Wednesday that the man in custody, Ravindra Kantrule has admitted to killing as many as 40 people in the last 4 years.

They claim that Kantrule converted to Islam and that most of his victims were Muslims.

Forensic officials also say that Kantrule told them he used to kill people with a broken bottle for pleasure, and that he used to sell cannabis to make a living. All this is under narco-analysis, which of course is not admissible as testimony in a court of law.


Ravindra Kontrale alias Rahim, the dreaded serial killer who would leave behind a beer can at every murder spot underwent psychoanalytical tests at Mumbai's Forensic Science Laboratory.

The results of the narco-analysis tests are not admissible in court. Tests include Bio Electrical Oscillation Signature test, which were done to determine Kantrule's complicity in the alleged crimes.

"We use a technique similar to what is used in conducting an EEG to study changes in brain wave patterns. It is more reliable than any other test as we don't have to depend on the criminal’s words. We electronically monitor his brain activity," says Psychologist Sunny Joseph.

However, the laboratory officials are keeping tight-lipped about their findings as well as the admissibility of their report in court as evidence.

"We are analysing reports and certainly it would prove helpful in our further investigations. We are not able to disclose much details because it may harm the case in the court," said DCP Brijesh Singh.

The beer can killings shook Mumbai when nine bodies with stab wounds were found in south city over a year, some with a beer can next to them. The serial killings were dubbed beer can killings.

Thirty-six-year-old Kontrale is still being interrogated. The results of the narco and forensic analysis though confessions under forensic tests are not admissible in court.

Sources who were involved in the interrogation tell CNN- IBN that Rahim has confessed to his involvement in the 15 such deaths.


20070220: ‘Serial killer may not have acted alone’ Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
After claiming that Ravindra Kantrolle alias Ravindra Mallik (36) is the killer involved in all the seven murders that took place in south Mumbai over the last two months, the police now say that he may not be the only one involved.

The police on Tuesday told a city court that they are still investigating the possible role of other persons in the serial killings.

Kantrolle was arrested by the Azad Maidan police in the first week of February and sent to Bangalore Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for a narco analysis test and brain mapping. The police has since been claiming that Kantrolle admitted to his involvement in the murders during the narco analysis test. However, in their remand application, the police say they will now be investigating the possibility of indirect involvement of other persons in the murders.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Arup Patnaik said, “We suspect that more persons could be directly or indirectly involved in the murders.” However, he was non-committal when asked why the police, which till now maintained that Kantrolle killed seven persons, have changed their theory and suspect involvement of other persons in the case. He also refused to comment on what were the grounds for believing that more persons could be involved in the murders.

The remand application also mentions that the clothes worn by Kantrolle while committing the crimes are yet to be seized. The police are yet to locate the weapon used by Kantrolle in the murders and determine his motive. The police had earlier said that a chopper and a blood-stained shirt were found from Kantrolle’s residence in connection with the last of the murders, after which he was arrested. The police say they would also investigate whether Kontrolle had confided in anyone about the murders.



20070216: I love to see blood: serial killer Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
A suspected serial killer has admitted murdering 21 people in the last two years in India’s commercial capital of Mumbai, a news channel reported yesterday.
Ravindra Kantrole, 36, arrested by Mumbai police on January 22, admitted during a narco-analysis test that he had killed seven people over the last four months alone, the NDTV network reported quoting police sources.
In a narco-analysis test, a suspect is injected with sodium penthanol, a chemical that numbs powers of perception and makes it difficult for a person to lie during questioning.
The method, also called truth serum, is not recognised as evidence by Indian courts.
During the test on Wednesday, Kantrole confessed to being a “psychopath.”
“I am a psycho. I love to see blood,” the NDTV quoted Kantrole as telling the police during the questioning.
Kantrole, also known as “beer can killer” because he used to leave beer cans next to bodies as a signature, told the police that he did not regret his crimes.
Police said Kantrole, who bludgeoned his victims and stabbed them to death, was a drug addict and previously a part of the Mumbai underworld.
Kantrole also told the police that he killed poor people because killing anyone rich would attract the attention of the police.
The police said they will conduct further narco-analysis tests on Kantrole to get more leads into the killings.
Brijesh Singh, a deputy police commissioner of Mumbai, said.
The method, also called truth serum, is not recognised as evidence by Indian courts.
“He has confessed to multiple killings in recent months,” said Brijesh Singh, a deputy police commissioner, who works in south Mumbai, where most of the murders occurred.
He was now being held in police custody in Mumbai until February 20 in connection with the case, Singh said.
Kantrole was first arrested on January 22 on a house breaking charge and later booked for allegedly murdering a 35-year old man in Marine Lines area n south Mumbai after the police recovered a bloodstained shirt.
The police had formed a 400-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe the killings and catch the killer.
Kantrole was arrested on February 6 for murder after bloodstained clothes that he allegedly wore while committing the crime and the weapon he allegedly used were recovered.
The case has been less high-profile than the gruesome discovery of at least 21 bodies found in a sewage ditch near a large house in Nithari near Noida, a suburb of New Delhi in December. The victims, mainly children, are believed to have been abducted, raped and murdered.
The victims were reportedly killed over several years as police in the area ignored numerous missing person cases. On December 29, police arrested Monindher Singh Pandher, the owner of the house and his domestic help, Surender Koli.
In another serial killings case, police in the southern city of Hyderabad arrested three men accused of killing nine people by smashing their heads with boulders over the past year.

20070215: Suspect in custody is a serial killer, say police Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
Ravindra Kantrolle alias Rahim Mallick, the 36-year-old murder suspect in police custody since January 23, is a serial killer, said Mumbai Police officers today.

They claimed he confessed to the seven murders that took place between October 5 last year and January 11 near railway stations in South Mumbai during a narco-analysis test conducted on him at the Bangalore Forensic Sciences Laboratory on Wednesday.

Sources at the laboratory said Kantrolle admitted to killing more people, possibly 20.

“He is definitely the serial murderer. We were on the lookout for the culprit behind seven undetected murders in the city in recent months, and I can assure you that Kantrolle is the man we were looking for,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone I, Brijesh Singh, speaking from Bangalore. “He has admitted to several murders during the narco-analysis test.”

The results of the test are still to be handed over to the police, and another narco-analysis test is due to be conducted on Kantrolle on Friday.

Sources in the Bangalore laboratory said Kantrolle told forensic experts during the test that he killed to avenge ill-treatment by an aunt during his childhood. He also allegedly said the sight of blood from his victims spurred him to repeatedly stab them.

Only one of the seven South Mumbai victims has been identified. He was a driver. The police suspect the rest are ragpickers and drug addicts.

After his arrest by the Azad Maidan Police, Kantrolle was first booked in a theft case. But after the police recovered a blood-stained shirt and chopper from him, they treated him as a suspect in the seven murders. On February 6, they booked him for the last of the murders, in which the body of an unidentified 35-year-old man with 20 wounds inflicted by a sharp weapon was found on the foot overbridge at Marine Lines on January 11.

While the police are now attributing all seven murders to Kantrolle, Mumbai Police Commissioner A N Roy had told reporters on January 24: “We (police) never said that there is a serial killer on the loose in the city, and only one person is responsible for committing the series of murders. These are separate cases, and investigations are on in all of them.”

Roy could not be reached for comment today.

Joint Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Arup Patnaik said: “The results of the forensic tests are yet to be received by us. However, the investigations are headed in a positive direction.”



20070214: Mumbai beer can killer 'confesses' Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
Mumbai police claim they have achieved a breakthrough in the beer can serial killings case.

Ravindra Kontrale alias Rahim, the man arrested on suspicion of being the person behind the murders, has reportedly admitted as much during a narco analysis test conducted on Wednesday.

The beer can killings shook Mumbai when nine bodies with stab wounds were found in south city over a year, some with a beer can next to them.

The serial killings were dubbed beer can killings.

Thirty-six-year-old Kontrale is still being interrogated. The results of the narco and forensic analysis though confessions under forensic tests are not admissible in court.

Sources who were involved in the interrogation tell CNN- IBN that Rahim has confessed to his involvement in the 15 such deaths.


20070212: Serial confusion over killer Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
Police have denied that suspect Ravindra Kantrole has confessed to his involvement in at least four of the seven murders in south Mumbai attributed to a serial killer.

Additional Commissioner of Police (South) D Kanakratnam told DNA that police have not received the results of the brain-mapping tests on Kantrole. “It would be premature to comment on his involvement in other killings,” he said.

Police arrested Kantrole in connection with a murder at Marine Lines on January 11. He was taken to Bangalore for brain-mapping and narco-analysis tests. But the tests could not be conducted as the doctor was not available. The tests were conducted at the Kalina Forensic Laboratory.

There has been much confusion in the police department on the ‘serial killer’. Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) Arup Patnaik told reporters in December that a serial killer was on the loose in south Mumbai. But Police Commissioner AN Roy said there was no such killer. “We are investigating all undetected murder cases,” he said.

Then there was confusion whether the killings were the handiwork of one or more persons, since most of the victims were men who could have easily fought off a lone attacker. Another theory that was floated was that the killer was a homosexual who killed his victims after the sex act.

A special investigation team was formed. But there was confusion about the number of officers in the team. Then, in spite of the team, the Marine Lines murder took place.


20070208: ‘Kantrole could be the serial killer’ Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News

After grilling Ravindra alias Parshuram Kantrole alias Abdul Rahim Malik — who was arrested on January 22 for allegedly murdering a 35-year old man in Marine Lines on January 11 this year —  the police said he could be the elusive serial killer. 

“Kantrole is a known history sheeter. During the probe, it was learnt that Kantrole was involved in the murder on January 11. We have recovered blood-stained clothes and weapons from the accused,” said an official. He was taken to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Bangalore for narco-analysis and brain-mapping, but was brought back without any tests being conducted. The tests could not be conducted because of unavailability of doctors at the lab.

Kantrole is being quizzed to ascertain the motive behind the murder and also to find out if he had any accomplices. The police said he was the prime suspect in the seven murders which took place under the jurisdictions of Azad Maidan and Marine Drive police stations between October 5, 2006 and January 11 this year.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Arup Patnaik said, “Prima facie, there is suspicion that Kantrole must be involved because bloodstained clothes were recovered from him.” Patnaik said, “He will also be put through brain-mapping and narco analysis. The tests will be conducted at Kalina lab.” Kantrole has been remanded in police custody till February 20.


20070206: Mumbai serial killer caught Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
The Mumbai police have picked up Ravindra Kantale alias Ravi Parshuram Kontrol on suspicion of being the serial killer, who sent panic waves across the streets of South Mumbai for over a month.

The police booked Kontrol as a suspect in the murder of an unidentified person at Marine Lines on November 1, 2005, which is one of the four murders that have been linked to the serial killings.

He was produced before a local court on Tuesday, which remanded him to police custody till Februrary 20.

Earlier, the man was detained in connection with the Azad Maidan and Grant Road murders on January 23.

20070118: Police profile DNA of serial killer’s victims Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News

One of the key elements in the Mumbai police’s investigation in the serial killings in South Mumbai in the last two months is Forensic Science. The Mumbai police alongwith scientists from the Kalina Forensic Laboratory have done DNA Profiling of all the victims.

All seven dead bodies of the victims have been preserved so that once the serial killer is arrested the police will make his DNA profile and match it with the victims. Deputy commissioner of police (Operations) confirmed that the bodies are being preserved in the morgue of the JJ hospital.

According to the police, DNA profiling will help in establishing the identity of the killer. After the killer is arrested, his DNA profile and blood group will be matched with the blood and semen samples found on the clothes and body of the victim. If they match then it will be confirmed beyond doubt about the involvement of the killer.

Similarly, it will also enable the police to strengthen their case with circumstantial evidence if the blood samples of the victim would be matched with that of the blood stains, if found on the clothes of killer. In two cases, the police have found samples of semen and blood stains from the clothes of the victims. “These samples have been sent to the forensic laboratory for testing. The lab will test them and send us a report about the blood group and other aspects. They will also prepare a DNA profile from the blood samples. This profile will be unique to the person whose bloodstains have been found on the victim and at the murder spots. Once it is proved that they are not of the victim then it is obvious that they are of the killer,” an officer who is part of the investigation said.

Once the forensic laboratory gives its report, the police will go through the record books to try and find out if any of the profiles match with those of killer. DNA profiling is a new phenomenon in India. It has however been successfully used in other countries.

As far as the investigations are concerned the police have not yet made much breakthrough in the case. Several people are being questioned by various police stations on a day to day basis but nothing concrete has come up yet.

The police have also refuted the news about the police having zeroed in on or arrested a suspect by the name Munna Salim Shaikh, as reported by some section of the media. “We have not arrested anybody. There is no truth in the report,” Tadvi said.


20070116: 'Beer can' killings: Cops detain one Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
While the notorious ‘beer can’ serial killer continues to inspire terror in the minds of Mumbaikars, the city police are none the wiser about the identity of the killer.

Five murders and nearly 10 days after releasing a sketch of the suspect, the police have detained one person in connection with the case.

The police claim the person detained in connection with the murders was picked up in a case from the same area few years earlier.

He is being questioned but the police refuse to reveal if they he is the man they suspect of having committed the murders.

These serial killings have been shocking Mumbai for the last one month, with the murderer leaving behind a Kingfisher beer can near the victim's body four out of five times.

Police say that a massive hunt has been launched to nab the murderer. And to speed up the investigation the police have also appealed to the citizens for help.

If you have any information regarding the murderer call on: 09967428580


20070116: Cops probe deeper into alleged serial killer’s identity Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News

Special Investigation Team opens first victim’s case files, to question his family

In their quest to get some clues on the unidentified suspected serial killer, the police have now reopened the case files of the first victim, who they identified last week as Vinay Garud.

In this regard, the police are hoping that the family of Garud, whose body was found on the steps of the Wankhede over-bridge with multiple stab wounds on October 5 last year, might be able to provide clues on to the murderer.

“While in the other cases, the identities of the victims are not yet known, we have managed to learn the identity of the first victim. He is a man in his early thirties named Vinay Garud, a resident of Kandivli, who was employed as a driver in Ambernath. We were able to ascertain his identity from the clothes the victim was found in,” said Police Inspector Avinash Sonawne of the Azad Maidan police station, who is part of the Special Investigation Team.

“One of the ways we are trying to learn the identity of the serial killer is to dig into the background of his victim. We have drawn up a list of Garud’s relatives and friends and we will record their statements to find out who he was in contact with, prior to his death. We are also trying to ascertain whether he was befriended by anyone and whether he had landed in any trouble. We are trying to recreate the sequence of events leading up to his death,” said Sonawne.

Meanwhile, the police are also probing deeper into a note recovered from the murder site at Marine Drive bridge, which have the words—‘Pao wali Powell’ on it. The police believe that the words are a reference to a Goan Christian who might be able to lead them to the killer, if identified.




20070116: 450 cops tail serial killer Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News

The Mumbai police have launched the biggest manhunt in their history to identify and capture the serial killer who has killed seven people to date. As many as 450 personnel are scouring the city and using the help of beggars, drug addicts and street urchins to pick up on leads.

“We have received several leads, and we are investigating,” said Arup Patnaik, joint commissioner of police (Law and Order). The police are leaving no stone unturned, literally. Railway tracks, foot-over bridges, buildings and playgrounds, all possible hiding places, are under surveillance. The police are watching areas where the serial killer could strike again.

In an effort to expand their investigation, the police are re-looking at atleast 17 unsolved murder cases that had been registered from 2005. These murders were committed along the 5-km stretch from Churchgate to Mumbai Central.

Meanwhile, the post-mortem report of the serial killer’s most recent victim found near the Grant Road railway station suggests that he was sexually assaulted by the assailant.

The police suspect that the killer is using different tactics every time he selects and kills his targets. In some cases, he had used a sharp weapon while in others a heavy stone to bludgeon his victims.


20070115: South Mumbai on alert after string of murders Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
Police have intensified patrolling in south Mumbai, fearing that a serial killer may be on the prowl following a string of mysterious murders in the area. At least seven people had been murdered since October last year, with three unidentified persons killed in last one month alone in south Mumbai. The body of a 20-year-old unidentified man was found on January 13 in a secluded area beside the railway tracks between Churchgate and Grant Road stations. Another body with knife wounds was found in the Azad Maidan area on January 11. Earlier the police found the bodies of three people, believed to be of street dwellers or beggars, in south Mumbai between December 29 and December 30. In five of the cases the victims were sexually assaulted before being killed, police said. Stung by the string of murders, the police have also formed a special investigation team (SIT) to nab the killer. "Most of these murders took place around the Marine Drive and Churchgate areas, Mumbai's commercial bases. Whether there is a serial killer or not would be decided after we complete our investigations," said D Kanakratnam, Additional Commissioner of Police (south region). "Undercover policemen have been deployed in the area in the guise of beggars and drug addicts, the two kinds of people the killer has been targeting," Kanakratnam said. "As a precautionary measure, we are discouraging people from sleeping on platforms at night, apart from taking all possible steps to trace the culprit," said Deepak Bagve, senior railway police inspector, at Churchgate. "Though the modus operandi in most of the murders has been different, we are concerned about the fact that three murders were committed in such a short period of time," said Brijesh Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1).

20070114: It's victim No 8 for South Mumbai serial killer Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
The serial killer stalking the streets of South Mumbai is getting bolder. On Saturday morning he struck again, claiming his eighth victim, bludgeoning a 20-year-old unidentified youth to death. The body was found by policemen in a secluded spot between Churchgate and Grant Road. The killer had struck on Friday morning too, killing another youth just a kilometre away near the Wankhede Stadium railway foot overbridge. “We found a 10 kg stone that was used to crush the victim’s head,” a senior police officer told DNA. “From the food packets and some leftover chicken curry found at the site it seems that the victim was first offered food before being killed.” The police, however, are awaiting the post-mortem report to establish whether the serial killer had sexual intercourse with his victim. All his previous victims were sexually assaulted before being killed. “The stone appears to have been brought by the killer in a gunny bag, which we recovered from the site,” said the officer. “We have discounted the possibility of the bag belonging to the youth, who appears to be a rag picker, as it was clean. A sack used for collecting scrap and garbage would have been dirty.” Police officials involved in the investigation feel that the killer is a South Mumbai resident who knows all the secluded spots in the area.

20070113: Cops become beggars to capture serial killer Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
Police are forming a team of eight to 10 officers, who will be disguised as beggars and drug addicts, to try and capture the serial killer known as the ‘beer man’. The men will be positioned between Churchgate and Marine Lines, the killer’s area of operation so far. “The undercover cops will be given adequate protection with policemen in civil clothes keeping a watch on them,” an officer from the Marine Drive police station said. “We are working on a plan,” Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) Arup Patnaik told DNA. “The constables and lower-rung officers have been sensitised about it. But we would not like to disclose our strategies.” Police believe the killings could be the handiwork of more than one person. “Most of the victims are people who could have easily put up a fight with one man,” the officer explained. A curious aspect of the killings is that the criminal(s) left no clues about the victims. Of the four victims so far, police have been able to identify only one.

20070112: 4th body found with the killer’s beer-can signature Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
An empty beer can placed near the body of a 35-year-old man, found on the Anandibai Podar footbridge on Thursday, triggered speculation that the serial killer dubbed the ‘Beer Man’ has struck again. The scene of crime is in the vicinity of Churchgate, an area around which three murders took place last month. In each case, an empty beer can was found near the body. But D Kanakratnam, additional commissioner of police (south region), said it would be impossible to attribute the murders to a serial killer until the accused is arrested. A police officer said the body had more than 10 injuries inflicted by a sharp weapon. The dead man was well built and 5 foot 10 inches tall. Police found a chewed portion of sugarcane near the beer can. The officer said the dead man seemed like a vagrant.

20070112: Has the serial killer struck again? Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News

One more body found on the FOB at Marine Lines, police still clueless

Fear strikes South Mumbai again. Yesterday, the body on an unidentified man was found at the foot-over-bridge of Marine Lines station. The police have said the victim would be around 35 years old and found with several injury marks on his body. This incident has resurrected the presence of the serial killer who has killed three people in one month using the same modus operandi. But he remains elusive.
According to the police, at around 6 a.m. they found the body in a pool of blood on the bridge at the S. L. Daga Chowk near the Gol Masjid in Marine Lines. Immediately, the bridge was closed for public use as the body was removed.
Pankaj Beena, a tea stall owner below the bridge, said, “Since the murders have started, the police have stopped us from sleeping on the roads in night and have also asked us to shut shop early. The bridge has a hoarding on both sides, so it was easy for victim to be killed and for the murderer to escape. The FOB is used by residents of the area to cross over.
D. Kanakratnam, Additional Police Commissioner, South Region, said, “The deceased has seventeen knife assaults on his chest. He was stabbed to death and is still unidentified. The case of murder has been registered with the Azad Maidan police station and it will be investigated by the special investigation team set up under the supervision of DCP Zone I.”
Kanakratman denied that there was any relation of this murder with the previous serial killings
in the area. He said the case needs to be investigated and the body identified before any conclusions could be drawn.
In the previous cases, the accused used to leave behind a can of beer but in this case the police have not confirmed anything. However, there was talk of it being the work of the serial killer, but no conclusion has been drawn.


20070111: Sixth murder since Dec; cops dismiss theory of ‘serial killer’ Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
Officials say weapons used and methods of killing in each are dissimilar, all the victims were poor The body of a 35-year-old unidentified person was recovered by the Azad Maidan police officials from a bridge near Gol Masjid on Thursday morning. The bridge connects to the Marine Lines railway station and the victim, believed to be a beggar, was found with slashed wrists and seven stab wounds to his chest. The police were informed about the body by a passer-by, who called up the police control room at around 5.30 am. Since December last year, there have been widely-reported incidents of five murders, with victims belonging to poor families. With this murder adding to the list, speculations are rife again about the possibility of a serial killer on the loose. However, officials claim dissimilarities in terms of the weapons used and the methods of killing suggest that they cannot be attributed to a single man or a ‘serial killer’. “At this point, investigations are on and we cannot say that all the murders were committed by a single person,” said Brijesh Singh, deputy commissioner of Police (Zone 1). “Though all victims were from poor backgrounds, the modus operandi in each case, except two, are different. In this case, neither was the person’s head smashed with a stone nor was a beer can found next to the body,”added Senior Police Inspector P D Khanvilkar of Azad Maidan police station. In the previous instances, two bodies, each with their faces smashed by a stone, were found in South Mumbai. They were discovered near the Income Tax building near Churchgate and Marine Drive respectively. In both the cases, the assailant had kept an empty can of beer next to the body. This lead the police to investigate the probability of a serial killer being involved in the murders. But in the next three instances, bodies were discovered from north Mumbai and the methods of killings were different. On December 29, the Deonar police discovered the body of a street urchin, Karim Khan (14) who was strangled to death. A day after the incident, the police found another body of an unidentified person from the Dindoshi area. The victim had been brutally stabbed to death. Then again, in the first week of December, the police recovered the body of a 30-year-old unidentified person from MK Road, who had been stabbed to death. All three cases were registered in the north Mumbai police stations.

20070103: Clueless police releases sketch of the serial killer Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
The suspense of the serial killer continues as the Mumbai police is still busy with the investigations has yet not traced the murderer. Like the previous three murder in Churchgate, the recent murders in Dindoshi near film city on Saturday and that of a 14-yr-old rag picker outside Deonar dumping ground on Friday were done in a similar manner. Only the Kingfisher beer can that was found near the spot in previous cases was missing this time. Last month during the wee hours of 14, 19 and 25th December, three people were murdered by an unidentified person with sharp weapons. The murders took place at Gangavihar Apartment, Bharat Petrol Pump and Income Tax building, as these places are isolated during the night. As the murders took place on the footpaths, it has become difficult for the police to get the evidences. To trace the murderer, Mumbai police has used sniffer dogs, which pointed, towards the Churchgate station. It is believed that the murderer is psychic killer and is very clever, who comes to south Mumbai during the night and leaves by the first train to the western suburb. Taking this issue seriously Arup Patnaik, Joint Commissioner (Law and Order), ordered an inquiry under the supervision of DCP Zone I. However, a senior police officer at Azad Maidan police station said that they investigating the case, and since the case is not that grave, Patnaik help would not be required. Additional Commissioner of Police (South Region) D Kanakratnam said, “It would be rigid to call him a serial killer, but we have made the sketch of the man based on eyewitness accounts.” The police also compared the sketch o the killer with Raman Raghav, who had killed nine people in their sleep in the 1960s. However, DCP, Zone I, Brijesh Singh, said, “The investigation team is formed but I am not heading it. However, I am supervising the team. The team comprises of 50-60 officers, out of which 12 are of inspector rank. At this moment, it is not possible to comment anything as the investigations are still on. It also can not be said whether the murderer is one person or more.”

2007-02-01: Narco tests to be conducted on ‘serial killer’ Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News

The Bangalore Forensic Laboratory is likely to conduct the brain mapping and the narco analysis tests on accused Ravindra Kantrole on Thursday. Kantrole was arrested by the Mumbai police in a robbery case, but the police suspect that Kantrole could be the man behind the serial killings which have spread terror in South Mumbai in the last three months.

Special Investigative Team (SIT) Officers, had taken Kantrole to Bangalore on Saturday. The tests were to be conducted on Monday. However, due to the unavailability of doctors at the forensic laboratory, the tests had to be postponed. According to sources, the tests are likely to be conducted on Thursday. They may take two days.

The police will question Kantrole about the serial killings and whether he has any knowledge about the killings.

“The police are investigating all undetected murder cases and during the course of investigation some people need to be detained for questioning. They are released if the questioning yields no result,”

Commissioner of Police A.N.Roy said. He was also quick to add that the police have yet not made any arrests in the serial killings.


20061229: Serial killer: Mumbai police on lookout Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
Over the last two weeks three identical murders have been reported around the Churchgate area in South Mumbai. In two out of the three murders, the victim was found with chest wounds. A Kingfisher beer can was also recovered on the scene of the crime. But so far the police have been unable to make any headway. In fact none of the bodies have even been identified so far. "The dead bodies are all of the same age. Also all the victims seem to be vagabonds. So there's a pattern that's evolving here," said Arup Patnaik, JCP, Mumbai. Special team In the past, Mumbai has had serial killers like Raman Raghav. More recently, it was the "hammer man" who attacked women with a hammer. Now the police have formed a special team to look into the new serial killer. As a precaution, they are barring people from sleeping on the footpath. "We don't sleep here now. We sleep at home out of fear," said Yashwant Mahajan, Cobbler. The biggest clue that the police have right now is the Kingfisher beer can, but this could also just be a misleading ruse.

0070604: Strange case of a serial killer who never was Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
Another goof-up has now been added to the Mumbai police’s tally of blunders. The Marine Drive police, investigating ‘serial killer’ Ravindra Kantrule, failed to file a chargesheet in one of the three murder cases for which he has been arrested.

According to Sushan Kunjuraman, Kantrule’s advocate, the offence occurred on October 9 on Marine Lines, and the police arrested Kantrule on February 20 for this offence. “The last day of filing the chargesheet was today (Saturday), but the police failed to file it. So, the court has granted a bail of Rs 25,000 to Kantrule. He, however, will continue to remain in judicial custody as he is still an undertrial in another murder case,” Kunjuraman told DNA.

Interestingly, the police on Saturday told the metropolitan magistrate’s court that they do not have enough evidence against Kantrule to file a chargesheet in this particular murder. The court has instructed the investigating officer to file his reply before it by June 7, explaining why the chargesheet was not filed in time, Kunjuraman said.

When asked about the reason why the police were unable to file a chargesheet against Kantrule within the stipulated time, police commissioner DN Jadhav said he was not aware that today was the last date of filing the chargesheet. “I am not updated on the case.

I will find out the details and take necessary action,” Jadhav said. “If we have not found evidence against an accused, we have to inform the court about it. We cannot chargesheet an accused without proper evidence.” Who’s the real serial killer, then?

Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil wasn’t aware of the developments in the ‘serial killer’ case. When asked how the police could be so careless in a case which had created a lot of panic among citizens, he said, “I will update myself with the developments first and then take required action.”

Additional commissioner of police D Kanakratnam said that there has been no carelessness. “There are four cases against Kantrule. We have found no evidence against him in one case. That doesn’t mean he has been let off. We have three other cases in which we are sure of getting evidence against him,” he said. From October 2006 till January this year, several murders had taken place in South Mumbai, causing panic among residents of the areas of Marine Lines, Dhobi Talao, Grant Road.

Most of the victims were squatters, drug addicts and ragpickers. The similarities in all the murders had led the police to believe that it could be a case of serial killings. In January, the police arrested Kantrule and claimed they had captured the serial killer. He was first arrested in a robbery case and, then, in three murder cases.

Kantrule was then put through a series of narco analyses and other tests in Bangalore. According to the police, the tests concluded that he was the serial killer. But now it seems that the police got it all wrong.

Last month, the police, filed a chargesheet in one of the murder cases. The last date for filing the chargesheet in the third case is June 7. According to sources, the police are not likely to file a chargesheet in that case either.


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