They are known as the killer cabbies of Gurgaon. A gang of nine men who drove a taxi on NH 8 of Haryana, they would allegedly give a lift to a person who seemed a stranger to the place, strangle him in the vehicle, take his valuables and dump his body in a drain or a manhole.
How many did they kill? The gang members — aged between 18 and 28 — say they have lost count of their victims. “Gin kar kya hoga (What is the point in counting)?” asks Pramod, an accused, lodged in the Special Cell lock-up at Sector 10, Gurgaon.
Police claim 28 murder cases have been solved with the gang’s arrest on Monday. Pramod says he and his friends must have killed at least 35 people this year.
But Rohtash alias Langoor, called the gang leader, has counted his victims. "I have killed 11," he says. His first victim? "A person going to Najafgarh. It was 20 days ago. I felt nothing."
"Whatever was recovered from the victims was shared among us," he says. "We spent the money on food and alcohol."
Before allegedly turning serial killers, the men — all from Bhora Kalan village near Gurgaon — used to steal cash and cellphones. "We never thought we would be caught," says Mukesh alias Ghassar, a driver who earlier worked for a BPO.
Sanjeev Balhara, investigating officer of police's Special Branch, says, "All of them have killed."
Mukesh says if the first victim of the day did not have cash on him, the gang would kill two people — or even three.