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Did Bhopal murderer have more women on his hit-list? Police probe on

india Updated: Feb 13, 2017 14:16 IST
Koushik Dutta
Bhopal killer

Thirty two-year-old Udayan Das is under arrest for having killed his live-in partner and hiding the body at his home by building a marbled platform. (PTI File Photo)

Bankura police are trying to verify if a Bhopal resident, who has confessed to killing his live-in partner as well as his parents over the last seven years, also intended to target two other women he had affairs with.

Sources said Udayan Das planned to make a woman named Pooja – who he lured with the promise of a job in the United States – his next victim. At present, police are arranging to send DNA samples for forensic tests to confirm that Das’ last victim, whose remains were extracted from a marble structure erected at his Saketnagar residence, was Bankura resident Akanksha Sharma.

During an interrogation session on Sunday, Das told police he had forged documents that purportedly depicted Pooja as a qualified candidate for a US-based job with the United Nations. The 32-year-old also hinted at a relationship with Jayashree, another woman he has known since childhood.

Incidentally, police are yet to identify Das’ motive for killing Sharma – with whom he was in a live-in relationship. Though Das has claimed that he killed the woman over suspicions of infidelity, it is yet to be confirmed.

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“Akanksha’s brother told police that the remains recovered definitely belonged to her. He based his opinion on a chain found on the corpse’s neck. But we decided to go for DNA tests to confirm it,” said Bankura superintendent of police Sukhendu Hira.

Meanwhile, skeletons continue to tumble out of Das’ closet of horrors with disturbing frequency.

Police recovered the remains of a human body – purportedly that of Sharma – from the Saketnagar house on February 2. Das confessed that he strangled her before placing the body in a wooden box and building a cement platform over it. Later, he confessed to killing both his parents at Raipur in Chhattisgarh because “they were forcing him to study mathematics”.

Das has been remanded in police custody for eight days. He will be produced before a Bankura court on Wednesday.

Sources said police also found photographs of a woman while searching Das’ Bhopal house. Though the accused identified her as Jayashree, the daughter of his mother’s colleague, he refused to divulge any further information on her.

Police said Das forged several documents to withdraw his mother’s pension. The accused was constantly in need of money to fund his extravagant lifestyle.

The Bhopal resident used to lure women by faking Facebook profiles that portrayed him as a successful US-based businessman.