BHOPAL: In a major breakthrough, the Madhya Pradesh police on Friday arrested a serial-killer who was wanted in connection with murder of multiple security guards in Sagar district.
Ironically, he had succeeded in making another kill in Bhopal a few hours before he was rounded up from near the bus stand area by a team of police around 3.30 am.
Madhya Pradesh: ‘Serial-killer’ on prowl smashing heads of ‘sleeping’ guards in Sagar
Police officials said the accused has confessed to murdering four guards in the last five days while his role in the murder of another watchman found dead in May is under investigation.
The accused has been identified as Shivprasad Dhurve, 19, a resident of Kesli area in Sagar. Dhurve was arrested after he killed a guard of a marble stockist in LalGhati area of Bhopal on Thursday night.
During initial interrogation, Dhurve told police officers that he was inspired by the movie KGF 2’s ‘Rocky Bhai’ and had plans to raise funds, become a gangster, so that he could target policemen in future.
Senior police officers are now interrogating him inside a closed chamber. Dhurve claimed he simply wanted to become “famous”. Why he was targeting only ‘sleeping security guards’ is yet to be ascertained. He studied up to Class 8th and has worked in Goa and can speak a bit of English too.
According to sources, when Dhurve was arrested by a team of policemen triangulating a mobile phone network, he nonchalantly confessed to have killed a security guard in Bhopal. The mobile phone which led to his arrest belonged to another security guard he had murdered in Sagar this week.
There was a ‘cooling off’ period between his first attempt to murder – which he claims to have committed in Pune, Maharashtra – and the next in Sagar, MP.
During interrogation, he committed to have killed four guards, including one in Bhopal. He said he simply wanted to be ‘famous. Police said that he has denied killing a watchman near an under-construction bridge in May and the matter is still under probe.
DGP Sudhir Saxena confirmed his arrest and said he is being interrogated.
Mangal Ahirwar – the third victim in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh- had succumbed to injuries during his treatment at Hamidia hospital in Bhopal on Wednesday evening. He was attacked on Tuesday night after which he was referred to Bhopal with grievous skull injuries.
Police had released a sketch of the suspect on the basis of information given by Ahirwar. Sagar SP Tarun Nayak had announced a bounty of Rs 30000 on any information leading to the arrest of the accused.
The accused was on the prowl in MP’s Sagar, targeting sleeping security guards. The special team has been set up to track him down.
Three of his previous victims have been identified as Uttam Rajak, Kalyan Lodhi and Shamburam Dubey, aged 50 to 60 years. Lodhi and Dubey were murdered in Cantonment and Civil Lines police station areas on back-to-back nights of Sunday and Monday.
Sources said the killings started in May, when Uttam Rajak, 58, who worked as a watchman at a bridge construction site was bludgeoned to death in his sleep. The killer kept a shoe on his face. Police deny in Dhurve’s role in Utama’s murder even as the case unsolved yet.
Police handled it as a ‘routine case’ because the connections hadn’t emerged. On Tuesday, locals found Dubey, 60, a security guard at Sagar’s Arts and Commerce College, murdered near canteen. He, too, was killed in his sleep. Police found a phone near his body. The SIM card was missing but a quick check revealed it belonged to Lodhi (57), a guard who had been hammered to death the previous night. And police finally managed to connect the dots.