So who was the actual Blademan, who had panicked an entire population of 4 lakh people in Patna City, with a blade slashing spree that terrorised 52 victims?
Vishnu Kumar's arrest halted the panic. His antics were picked up by anti-socials, who caused panic among people living between Fatuha and Paschim Darwaza and Khajekalan between April 16 and May 12. All his victims were women and young girls. With his arrest, all such incidents ceased. Chowk police had arrested Vishnu from Bare Ki Gali under the same police station on May 13. His entire body was full of blade marks.
Deputy superintendent of police, Sushil Kumar, said the Blademan seemed to be a person with an unstable mind.
Station house officer (SHO) of Chowk police station Pushkar Kumar, claimed that Vishnu was the real Blademan. "We were surprised to recover a blade, lemon and sugar from his possession. I was surprised to see his body with blade marks on his right and left hands. He had even cut his body at several places and carved 'Tere Naam' on his chest with blade cuts," he said.
The SHO said Vishnu's was a mental case. "We had arrested him when he was on his way to river Ganga to commit suicide. Vishnu has no family. He is still in Patna City jail," he added.
People of Patna City have not forgotten the terror of the Blademan still and several imaginery stories have added to his image. They had especially panicked, that despite the arrest of Vidya Sagar, an I Com student of Guru Gobind Singh College, whom the police had claimed to be the Blademan, the city was rocked for several days with many more cases being recorded in quick succession.
Such was the terror then, that young boys, girls and and women had stopped going on their daily chores, while a panicked citizenry attacked at least five innocents and belaboured them within an inch of death. The police had even picked up a girl in a burqa from Noon Ka Chauraha area, suspecting her to be the person involved in the 'terror attacks'.
Despite installation of hidden cameras in three separate police stations at Harimandir Gali, Bare Ki Gali, Kachauri Gali, Chowk Shikarpur, RPM, Guru Gobind Singh College, Lodi Katra, Noon Ka Chauraha, Sadar Gali and other places, the attacks had failed to come down. It was only after Vishnu was arrested, that the incidents stopped.