'I want to kill,' says Nithari accused
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'I want to kill,' says Nithari accused

Surendra has been telling investigators that he wants to see kids and commit murders, reports Tushar Srivastava.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2007 11:07 IST

Handcuffed and surrounded by psychiatrists and armed guards, Nithari serial-killings suspect Surendra Koli has been telling his investigators that he wants to see children and commit murders—a chilling throwback to psychopath Hannibal Lecter's words in The Silence of the Lambs: "He covets. That's his nature."

Experts say it could be a ploy to have the investigators declare him insane.

Koli was a servant of Noida businessman Moninder Singh Pandher. Both are the suspects in the case. Koli allegedly sexually assaulted and killed many children.

Meanwhile, CBI officials on Friday discovered a weapon which they believe was used to kill some of the children—a blood-smeared axe hidden in a bush outside Pandher's mansion, CBI officials said.

Investigators said Koli had killed at least two of his victims using the axe.

"He says he is getting desperate and would like to kill someone," said a CBI official on condition of anonymity. "He speaks at length about children and says he has not seen a child for long. He would like to see children around him. He has often told us that he wants to have sex with someone and then murder the person." Psychiatrist Rajat Mitra said Koli could be feigning mental illness.

Email Tushar Srivastava: tushar@hindustantimes.com

First Published: Jan 20, 2007 01:53 IST