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‘Bikini killer’ Charles Sobhraj to undergo heart surgery on Saturday

The man known as ‘bikini killer’ was ill for some time. After confirmation of his operation date, the hospital had written to the home ministry to provide additional security to guard him.

world Updated: Jun 09, 2017 22:02 IST
Anil Giri
French serial killer Charles Sobhraj (centre) being brought to the district court for a hearing on a case related to the murder of Canadian backpacker Laurent Ormond Carriere, in Bhaktapur on May 26, 2014.
French serial killer Charles Sobhraj (centre) being brought to the district court for a hearing on a case related to the murder of Canadian backpacker Laurent Ormond Carriere, in Bhaktapur on May 26, 2014. (AFP File)

Charles Sobhraj, the serial killer serving time in Nepal’s central jail in Kathmandu for the past 12 years, is undergoing an open heart surgery at the Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre in Kathmandu on Saturday.

The 73-year-old was diagnosed with leakage in a valve and was admitted to the hospital on Friday. Due to security reasons, police and the hospital have not revealed his health status.

The French national had recently fainted in the central jail and was rushed to hospital where he was diagnosed with a mitral valve leakage for which surgery was recommended.

A senior doctor of the hospital confirmed to HT that preparations have been completed for the surgery and for removal or replacement of the valve.

The mitral valve is a dual-flap that controls the flow of blood in the left section of the heart. If it fails to function adequately, patients exhibit symptoms including palpitation, exertion and shortness of breath.

Given his criminal background, Sobhraj is closely guarded in hospital and a dozen security personnel are deployed around his cabin, said the hospital sources

The man known as ‘bikini killer’ was ill for some time. After confirmation of his operation date, the hospital had written to the home ministry to provide additional security to guard him.

Sobhraj has been serving term in Kathmandu after the Supreme Court sentenced him to life for murdering an American tourist, Connie Joe Bronzich, in 1975 in Nepal.

He had been linked to multiple killings of backpackers.

Sobhraj, who had earlier spent 21 years in prison in India and escaped from Tihar jail in 1986 after drugging the security guards, after serving them sweets in the name of his own birthday.

According to a biography, he is believed to have killed 20 people up to the late 1970s, including in Nepal and India.