‘Bhopal killer’ Udayan Das, who shocked the country with the murder of both parents and live-in partner Akansha Sharma, was sent to eight days police custody by a court in Bankura district in West Bengal on Tuesday.
Though the police initially slapped abduction charges against Das, based on a complaint lodged by Bankura resident Shibendra Sharma father of Das’s live-in partner Akansha, on Saturday the cops slapped fresh charges of murder (section 302 of IPC) and destruction of evidence (section 201 of IPC).
Dressed in a white T-shirt, white trousers and a black blazer, Das, 32, remained nonchalant and showed no signs of any remorse during the brief 10-minute hearing. He was constantly grooming his hair in the court.
Police sources told HT that on Monday night Das demanded fish curry for dinner inside the lockup. He was served a vegetarian items. In the court premises on Tuesday, he demanded tea and cigarettes that the police denied.
As soon as Das was brought to the court around 2:00 pm, an angry crowd waiting at the premises burst into protests and pelted stones at him. Police had a tough time in escorting him to the court room.
Chief judicial magistrate Arun Kumar Nandy had to order the court room doors be closed to carry out the court proceedings. Apart from the judge, the lawyers, the accused and a few policemen, none was allowed inside.
Assistant public prosecutor Amit Dutta described the alleged murders as ‘exceptional crime’ and ‘pre-planned murder’.
Das was represented by two lawyers. His counsel Arup Banerjee told the court that as the bodies have already been recovered and police has already interrogated Das in Bhopal, he should be released on bail.
Dutta, however, demanded a police custody as further interrogation of the accused could bring out more mysteries and help investigators solve the crime.
The judge rejected the bail plea and sent Das to eight days of police custody.
The accused had allegedly killed his parents in 2010 at their home in Chhattisgarh and buried their bodies in the garden. He killed Akansha in December 2016. Later he allegedly placed her body in a metal box and poured concrete to create a mausoleum of sorts inside his bedroom. He covered the block with marble.
During the investigation it came to light that Das, who enrolled fro an engineering course but failed to pass it, had a taste for alcohol and women. He resorted to social media platforms where he kept claiming that he lived and worked in the US and posted pictures of his in expensive cars.
Udayan told the police that he was bad in mathematics but fond of subjects in the arts stream. He used to like watching movies and play videogames.
It was out of sheer family pressure that he was forced to take up science in the higher secondary. He however failed in class XII. Thereafter he got admitted in a private engineering college at Durg in Chattisgarh. He however dropped out. His hatred for his parents dates back to those days.
The investigators found out that he never went to the US.
During preliminary investigation Udayan told the police that he was bad in mathematics but fond of subjects in the arts stream. He used to like watching movies and play video games.
It was out of family pressure that he was forced to take up science in the plus two level. He, however, failed once in class XII. Thereafter, he got admitted in a private engineering college at Durg in Chattisgarh, but had to drop out. His hatred for his parents dates back to those days.