The rickshaw-puller who is accused in a series of eight murders in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) was on Tuesday paraded before a witness whom also he had tried allegedly to strangulate.
Accused Rinku was produced in court again for the identification parade. “Witness Satvir identified him in the presence of the judge,” said inspector Vimal Rai of the crime investigation agency (CIA) at Badarpur, adding: “Rinku had tried to strangulate Satvir some time ago and an attempt to murder case is registered in that regard at SGM Nagar here.”
“During interrogation, the accused accepted that he had tried to kill the man,” said Rai. On Wednesday, police filed an application in the court for the production warrant of the accused to recover the items stolen from the victims and question him in some other cases. The police were allowed to take Rinku into custody on Thursday.
The richshaw-puller was arrested a few days ago. Of the murder victims, two are from Delhi and six from Faridabad. The police said the drug addict would target his passengers at night, strangle them with a cloth (gamcha) he wrapped about head, and rob them. The man from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh is on bail in robbery and murder cases reported in Delhi in the last few years. He is on bail since July 2014, and police say that after his release, he stayed with his sister at SGM Nagar in Faridabad.
“In the past three months, he targeted many people but could kill only five from Faridabad,” said NIT deputy commissioner of police Sumit Kumar. The murders scared the common people who travelled by rickshaw at night. “I will think twice before boarding any rickshaw,” local resident Pishori Lal, “until the police identify the murderer among rickshaw-puller.”