Tihar serial killer a psychopath: police


New Delhi : The alleged serial killer who dumped his victims' bodies outside the Tihar jail here is a psychopath and enjoyed every single murder he committed, police revealed Monday.

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Chandrakant Jha, listed as a "bad character" or a person with known criminal records at the Adarsh Nagar police station, was arrested Sunday from Haider Pur area in northwest Delhi for allegedly slaughtering six victims in the past four years.

According to the police, Jha, a native of Bihar, dismembered the corpses before dumping them in different parts of the city and opposite Tihar jail in west Delhi.

"Jha is a psychopath as he enjoyed his every single killing. He use to kill people after he got annoyed with the victims, who had worked with him, over trifle issues," said Joint Commissioner of Police Rajesh Kumar.

The accused allegedly provided shelter and employment to the victims, who had come here for better job opportunities. "But during their stay with him, he took offence to their small indulgences like drinking, eating meat, womanising and lying, and killed them."

Jha used to first strangulate the victims after tying their hands, he then brutally chopped of their head and limbs with a knife. The dead bodies were later dumped opposite Tihar jail in the wee hours, Kumar explained.

"His sole motive behind dumping the four dead bodies opposite Tihar was to create sensation. We have somehow managed to identify the deceased bodies," he added.

He drove a motorized rickshaw, which he also used to survey localities around the jail to ascertain the time when there was no police patrolling so that he could safely dump his victims' bodies.

"He dumped four mutilated bodies stuffed in gunny bags on four different occasions outside Tihar Jail," added Deputy Commissioner of Police Robin Hibu.

On each occasion, he had left an abusive note accusing police of implicating him in false cases and daring them to track him down.

In the accompanying letter, the killer had vowed to kill more men and dump them outside Tihar. He had said he was sentenced to a jail term at Tihar for a crime he had not committed and had accused jail authorities of treating him badly during his time there.

Jha also mentioned a senior police official's name, whom he accused of atrocities meted out to him, Kumar said.

The official asserted that they had indeed apprehended the right person as they had recovered the weapons used for the crimes from Jha's possessions. "Jha confessed to the killings and we hope that recovery of mutilated bodies ends here."

The body of his last victim was found outside Tihar's gate number one around 6.30 a.m. on May 17.

The first mutilated body, stuffed in a sack, was found Dec 29, 2005 in front of the compound wall at Tihar's jail number 4.

A torso in a sack was found near gate number 3 with an accompanying abusive note in October 2006, while the third torso was found on April 25 this year near gate number 3.

Each of the victims was a man, who hailed from Bihar, in his late 20s or early 30s and from the lower strata of society, said police.