Rajkot ‘stone-killer’ had sex with two of his victims: Police

  • PTI, Rajkot
  • Updated: Jul 03, 2016 12:57 IST
The accused had confessed to bludgeoning three persons to death with stone in Rajkot. (Representational image)

Hitesh Dalpat Ramavat, the alleged serial killer who had murdered three persons in the city since April, had sex with two of the victims before stoning them to death, police said on Saturday.

Ramavat, 30, arrested from Jamnagar on Friday, had earned the sobriquet “stone-killer” as he killed the victims by hitting them on head with a stone.

Sagar Mewada, his first victim, was killed on April 20, followed by Pravin Barad (May 23) and Vallabh Rangani (June 2).

“We have found trace of semen on the bodies of two victims, which showed he had sexual intercourse with them before killing them,” city police commissioner Anupamsinh Gehlot said.

“He was planning to kill more people with the intention of robbing them,” said Gehlot.

“Around 12 years ago, an unidentified person sexually abused Ramavat and offered him money for it. Following this, he started indulging in homosexual activity, primarily for earning money,” Gehlot said at a press conference here.

“When he could not get enough money any longer this way, he started looting his targets and killed them.

“He informed the family members of the victim (using the victim’s mobile phone) about the murder,” the commissioner said, adding that (information) helped police in tracing his movements.

Ramavat did not suffer from any mental disorder and was “mentally fit,” Gehlot said.

He had confessed to bludgeoning three persons to death with stone and also to one unsuccessful murder attempt, Gehlot said.

“We had made a sketch of the suspect from eyewitness accounts and CCTV footage. We received some crucial information from public after we released that sketch. Our investigation also revealed that the culprit exhibited abnormal behaviour and mannerisms,” said Gehlot.

“Based on this information, we zeroed in on Ramavat. He is originally from Rajkot but was living in Jamnagar for the last five months. He visited Rajkot only to commit the murder and returned to Jamnagar. We are investigating why he committed the murders,” said the commissioner.

“The people of the city need not be afraid anymore as the culprit has been caught. This was one of the most difficult cases.... Our team’s hardwork paid off,” he said.

Further probe is on, Gehlot said.

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