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Charles Sobhraj: A profile

world Updated: Jul 30, 2010 18:00 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
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Born in Born on April 6, 1944, in Vietnam to an Indian father and a Vietnamese mother, Sobhraj later took French citizenship and is believed to be responsible for the deaths of nearly a dozen western tourists in Thailand, Nepal and India.

In July 1976, he was arrested in New Delhi while trying to rob a group of French students by drugging them. He was also charged with the murder of a French national in Mumbai.

He served a 21-year jail term in India from 1976 to 1997 and even escaped once from Delhi’s Tihar Jail in 1986 by drugging jail officials. Following his release he was deported to France.

Charles Sobhraj was first called the “Bikini Killer” after the swimsuit one of his victims was wearing when she was discovered. He then earned the nickname “the Serpent” for his numerous escapes from jail.

His mother later had another child and married a soldier in the French Army who initially rejected Sobhraj.