Over 20 cases of assault by Delhi serial rapist-killer went unnoticed
Suspected child killer Ravinder Kumar had sexually abused and murdered 20 more children in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana within a span of eight years, cases that went unreported, police said on Monday.
Just a day before, Kumar reportedly had told the police about brutally abusing and murdering 12 children in 15 cases.
Going by both ‘disclosures’, the number of children victimised by him had crossed 30.
Of the 20 new crimes he reportedly committed, as many as four took place in outer Delhi, Kumar told the police. Investigators have already connected three out of the four crimes that happened in Kanjhawala, Bawana and Aman Vihar, a police source said.
With this, the total number of children who fell prey to Kumar’s gruesome acts in outer Delhi stands at 10.
One incident took place in Haryana’s Faridabad.
The remaining crimes, a police officer privy to the probe said, were committed in different parts of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
Delhi police officials expressed surprise over the new revelations made by Kumar on each day of his police custody.
The police are now planning to conduct a brain-mapping test on Kumar to authenticate his claims.
Asked if Kumar had shared details about all the 30-odd crimes he had committed between 2008 and 2015, an investigating officer said he was able to recall the places of crimes in almost 20 cases.
“A good number of such crimes were committed in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. We will soon take him to all those places. He will first be taken to Noida’s Sector 74 and 76 where he had allegedly kidnapped, murdered and then sexually abused two minor girls in 2013. During that time, Kumar was working in Noida as a labourer at building construction sites,” said the officer.
According to the officer, both such cases in Noida went unreported as the families of the victims, who were labourers themselves, left for some unknown destinations after the crime.
The police will now recreate the entire sequence of crimes in Noida with the help of the local police.
Kumar will also be taken to Aligarh, Badaun and other places in UP and Haryana where he has allegedlly raped minor girls after killing them.
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