Serial killer remanded to police custody till Oct 27

Serial killer remanded to police custody till Oct 27

13 out of 18 cases confirmed, Naxal among victims

Serial killer remanded to police custody till Oct 27

Responding to a query that some cases are found to have not been registered in police stations concerned, Puttur ASP Chandragupta said that out of the 18 victims killed, 13 cases have been confirmed while 5 more are yet to be confirmed. He said that verification is a Herculean task as there are possibilities of the offender having recalled wrong names of the victims.

Meanwhile, Kerala (North Range) IGP Tommin J Thachangeri held a talk with Superintendent of Police Dr A Subramanyeshwar Rao regarding the serial killing case in Dakshina Kannada district on Thursday.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Thachangeri said that since DK District Police have said that 5 victims are from Kasargod, they have received the details and are verifying the same.
“Out of the said 5 cases we have so far confirmed only one (Vijayalakshmi from Kumbla killed on 24/05/09) and the investigations are on. The accused will be brought to this region soon to gather further details as the offender has said that he can identify the houses of the victims but he cannot remember their names,” Thachangeri added.
Even after the news of serial killer Mohan Kumar’s arrest was flashed in the media, the aged parents of Leelavathi (22), one among the 18 victims, did not know that their daughter had been killed.

‘Naxal’ among victims

Leelavathi had been figured in the Naxal-list released by police, and the police had announced Rs one lakh prize for the informers who have any clue about her whereabouts.

Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Gopal B Hosur had released a revised list of suspected Naxals recently, which also had Leelavathi’s photo.

However, Mohan Kumar’s arrest has revealed that she was not among the Naxals, but had been deceived by the serial killer.

K Babu, the father of Leelavathi, who lives at Chennaithodi near Vamadapadav in Bantwal taluk, said they were being harassed by police often who used to allege that their daughter had joined the Naxals.