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More trouble in store for Sobhraj

At the Central Jail in Kathmandu, a prisoner reportedly demanded from Charles Sobhraj Rs 10 mn for life and safety of his 20-year-old girlfriend Nihita Biswas, reports Anirban Roy.

world Updated: Jul 29, 2008 23:28 IST
Anirban Roy

Notorious bikini killer Charles Gurmukh Sobhraj is now caught between the devil and the deep sea.

At the Central Jail in Kathmandu, a prisoner Tashi Lama reportedly demanded Rs (Nepali) 10 million for life and safety of Sobhraj’s newly-found 20-year-old girlfriend Nihita Biswas.

And outside the jail, a Mumbai-based film company has rejected Sobhraj’s call for a contract and has also accused him of extortion. His Paris-based lawyer had earlier served a notice to the film company.

Nihita told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that Lama and his gang has been threatening her regularly. “Lama has also threatened to kidnap me and teach him (Sobhraj) a lesson if the money is not paid immediately.”

Also known as The Serpent, Sobhraj was arrested in September 2003 in Kathmandu on charges for murder of US citizen Connie Jo Bronzich and Canadian Laurent Ormond Carriere in 1975.

In fact, the People Pictures is producing a new film, Charles and I, which is believed to be on the life of the 64-year Sobhraj, born of an Indian father and Vietnamese mother.

Aiming to gain a monetary benefit from the Indian film company, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, Sobhraj’s Paris-based lawyer, who is also a human rights activist, had served a notice to the film company.

But, Sobhraj’s close associates said People Pictures has rejected Sobhraj’s legal notice and said the film has no connection with him.

Moreover, the film company has written to Isabelle Coutant-Peyre that it was treating her note as extortion note.

Meanwhile, Sobhraj has directed his friends and lawyers in India to build up a strong case against the Mumbai-based film company.

Sobhraj reportedly has a lot of friends in Mumbai and his two sisters are also based in Pune.

During the last two years, the ‘bikini killer’ has been desperately trying to get out of the Central Jail in Kathmandu.

Sobhraj has written a series letter to the judges of the Supreme Court and the leaders of the Nepal government to expedite the process of his trial.

He has also been threatening to move the International Court of Justice for his immediate release. Moreover, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre had also sent to the Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Nepal, Kedar Prasad Giri for immediate release of her client.