of being a serial killer
By Sutapa Mukerjee - BBC
December 20, 2004
Residents of Fursatganj,
a small town in northern India and scene of a string of mystery killings
of middle-aged men, are wondering whether they can now sleep easy.
This follows the recent
arrest of 57-year-old Sadashiv Sahu, a local cloth merchant, who has
confessed to killing 22 men living in this town in the state of Uttar
Pradesh over the past four years.
The police say he
committed his first killing in April 2002. He allegedly claimed his last
victim, a 60-year-old man, in November.
The police says that Mr
Sahu has admitted to the serial killings of men, who were all over 45
years old, in an eight-page-long confession.
"I don't know what came
over me. I was overpowered by a strange urge to kill my prey," he says
in his confession.
Mr Sahu also says that
after committing the murders he would return home and have a "very
A senior local police
official, BP Srivastava, told the BBC that the suspect used to "hunt"
for unwary middle-aged men after dusk.
"He adopted similar
methods in carrying out the killings. He would shoot his victims with
the gun pressed against their chests to muffle the noise", he said.
"There have been no
murders in Fursatganj area after the arrest. We will be filing a charge
sheet before the first week of February," senior local police official,
Sanjay Srivastava said.
Neighbours of the frail
and diminutive businessman say Mr Sahu never had posed any problems.
"He barely spoke to
anyone. Whenever he was free we would see him deeply engrossed in
reading holy books," says Shiv Singh, a local chemist who has known him
for a long time.
But others like Balmati
Devi, whose husband was shot dead in June, are seething with anger
"My husband had no
enemies. Please go and ask the heartless man why he chose my husband and
left me alone to fend for our six children," she says.
When I met Mr Sahu at
the local police station recently, he admitted to the killing of the 60
- year - old man in November, but denied he was responsible for the
"All I want you to do is
help me get hold of a good lawyer," he said.
Some villagers are still
sceptical about the police claim that he was responsible for all the
no reason for us to feel relieved as yet. If things remain peaceful for
another six months, we will know that the real culprit has been
arrested," says Brijesh Singh, whose 60-year-old cousin was killed three