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Father of 3-yr-old lured his child victims with sweets

A resident of Uttaranchal, the killer is married with a three-year-old daughter, report Kapil Datta and Vijaita Singh.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 01:01 IST

Thirty-year-old Satish, the alleged serial killer arrested on Friday, had been working as a domestic servant for Mahender Singh Pandher's for the past three years. The police describe him as “mentally challenged”.

A resident of Almora, Uttaranchal, Satish is married with a three-year-old daughter. The police say he has studied till Class VIII. He has no previous criminal record.

“During our interrogation so far, we found him to be mentally challenged,” says Senior Superintendent of Police RKS Rathore. "I cannot divulge much at present, expect that he has a very high sex drive."

The police officers who interrogated Satish say he would first sexually assault his victims, who belonged to both sexes, then kill them and systematically stuff their bodies in a drain behind the house.

Rathore says Satish would lure his victims, mostly minors, by offering them sweets. He kidnapped most of them by daylight between 8 and 11 am without attracting any attention.

The police say Satish came across as a confident man, whose outward demeanour never gave him away, even though a few villagers suspected he had a hand in the mysterious disappearances of the children from Nithari village.

Mukesh Kumar, a safai karamchari whose five-year-old daughter Payal would accompany him during his daily rounds of sweeping, had seen Satish close by when the girl went missing from near Pandher’s house.

“I had told my daughter to wait for me in front of house number D-5,” says Kumar. “But I could not find her when I returned after five minutes. Satish was standing at the gate – looking quite nonchalant. When I asked him if he had seen Payal, he said he had seen her board a rickshaw and go in the opposite direction.”

With complaints piling up against Satish, he was even detained by the police. But he could never be nailed till Friday, at least.

First Published: Dec 30, 2006 01:01 IST