Serial Killer in India Held


‘Serial killer’ held for murder of 15 women

Syed Rizwanullah, TNN, Mar 18, 2011, 05.29am IST

AURANGABAD: The Nanded police have arrested a 32-year-old man for the murder of 15 women over a span of one-and-a-half years in various places in Marathwada, Vidarbha and the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh. The man, Aziz Khan Mohammad Pathan, killed the women with the intention of robbing them of their jewellery, the police said.

He had also allegedly raped five of his victims before killing them. Most of the women were in their 50s and 60s. Pathan was nabbed by the Nanded police from his native village Rupali in Vidarbha on March 11. He will be produced in court on Friday for an extension of his police custody. Nanded superintendent of police Sandeep Karnik said Pathan has confessed to not only having killed all 15 women but also attempting to kill six other women. Pathan, who is married a second time and has two children, hails from Javalgaon in Nanded district but moved to Rupali a few years ago.

His first wife, who was from Harsani in Nanded, had left him to live with another man. She had also lodged a complaint against him for dowry harassmentin 2006, for which Pathan had been arrested. At the Nanded jail where he had been lodged, Pathan met a serial killer, Vishnu Bhanu Rathod, who had murdered 10 women by strangulating them to death with his bare hands. Incidentally, Pathan has told the police that he used a rope to strangulate his victims. “Pathan has confessed to the Nanded local crime branch (LCB) that he strangulated seven women and attempted to kill six others in Nanded district alone,” said inspector B N Dole.

“He has also confessed to the murder of three women in Hingoli district, one each in Parbhani and Yavatmal (Vidarbha), two in Adilabad district and one in Nizamabad district of Andhra Pradesh.According to Dole, Pathan was a tractor driver in Waghala, Nanded. “Around one-anda-half years back, he quit the job and took to murdering women for their jewellery and other valuables. He grew bolder as every murder he committed remained undetected. Given the similarities in the murders, Sandeep Bishnoi, special inspector general of police (Nanded range), had announced an award of Rs 50,000 for anyone giving information about the killer,” Dole said.

Pathan would target women who were alone at home or in the farms, Dole said. He would approach them asking either for a glass of water or for a job as a tractor driver or if they had seen a bullock he would claim to have lost. Inspector M A Rauf of the Hingoli local crime branch told TOI that Pathan was wanted for the murder of three women in the district.

“In December last year, he killed a 52-year-old woman in Jamgavhan village who was alone at home. However, a 22-year-old woman saw the murder and was about to raise an alarm when Pathan killed her as well with a sickle. The third victim was a 62-year-old woman,” he said. After these three murders, the Hingoli police prepared a sketch of Pathan as described by people who had seen him near the places where the murders had been committed. “We prepared the sketch on December 18. On March 11, following a tip-off that Pathan was seen in Rupali village, a team of the Nanded police went there and nabbed him.

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