Hanging for Indian
healer driven to kill taxi drivers
May 17, 2008
AN Indian doctor of ayurvedic medicine, a 5000-year-old
form of traditional healing, was sentenced to hang yesterday after
confessing to police that he had killed between 30 and 40 taxi drivers,
sometimes decapitating his victims.
Devender Sharma, who had his own ayurvedic clinic
before his arrest and reportedly was an accomplished surgeon, was said
by police to have had nothing in particular against taxi drivers.
They said he was no more than a common car thief who
"enjoyed the bloodshed" and saw the drivers as soft targets.
A sessions court at Gurgaon, on the fringes of New
Delhi, sentenced the doctor for the murder of one his victims.
But police said that under interrogation he had
confessed to dozens of killings. "We don't know what made him abandon
his medical career and embark on a life of crime," a senior police
official was quoted as saying.
"Once he reached his destination, he would direct two
of his accomplices waiting at the destination to get inside the vehicle.
"The driver would then be driven to a secluded spot
where the driver would be killed and his car stolen."
Noose for doctor in murder case
Gurgaon, May 14, 2008
A doctor was sentenced to death penalty for murdering
a taxi driver by a local court here today.
Dr Devendra Sharma, who was practising medicine in
Aligarh, was awarded death penalty for killing a Gurgaon-based taxi
driver in 2002.
Additional District and Session Judge Balbir Singh
pronounced the judgement on a case filed on February 11, 2002. He hired
Naresh Verma's Tata Sumo for a ride and allegedly murdered him at an
isolated place on Gurgaon-Sohna road to steal the vehicle.
A Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, Sharma
had allegedly killed more than twenty taxi drivers in Uttar Pradesh,
Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan before his arrest in 2005.
Sharma, a suspect in more than 20 such murder cases,
confessed to the police that he killed 15 drivers and dumped their
bodies in a canal in Aligarh.
Sharma used to hire the taxis for a long route and at
some secluded place on the way he used to kill the driver before
escaping with the vehicle.
In some incidents, he was assisted by his friends and
he used to sell the vehicle.
Last year, a Faridabad court had sentenced him to
life imprisonment in connection with the murder case of taxi driver
A police officer, who investigated the case, informed
the court that Dr Sharma was mentally stable.
He was operating in Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Noida, Meerut,
Delhi, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Rewari, Alwar and Jaipur.
Man found guilty
of killing taxi drivers
March 12, 2007
Davendra Sharma and two of his associates have been found guilty of
killing several taxi drivers by the ADJ court in Faridabad. The trio had
killed several many taxi drivers after hiring their taxis.
The court is likely
to pronounce the quantum of punishment for the three culprits today.
They were found
guilty for killing several taxi drivers in Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh
and Rajasthan. Davendra Sharma was the prime accused in the case.
Sharma was guilty in
connection with the murder case of taxi driver Kamal Singh.
Sharma and his aides
operated in a planned manner. Taking advantage of his pleasing
personality, Sharma used to target his victims by hiring their taxis. He
later used to kill them with the help of his four accomplices and escape
along with the taxi. Two of his associates are still absconding.
He is wanted in
connection with the murders of at least 30 taxi drivers in four states.
Sharma has reportedly confessed to killing at least 20 taxi drivers. He
got involved in the crime after he lost his fortune in a chit fund
UP doctor is a serial killer!
June 6, 2005
doctors may give life, but Devendra Sharma believes in taking it away.
This ruthless killer is believed to have so far done to death 17 taxi
Sharma, who is a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, doesn't
appear to be mentally deranged. In fact the police are still not clear
about what made him abandon his medical career and embark on a life of
crime. His initial failure to run a clinic may have been partially
Sharma had a chilling modus operandi - he would kill taxi drivers, steal
their vehicles and sell them off to make a blood-soaked buck.
remained elusive for one and a half years since committing his first
murder on November 26, 2003. Among his victims are five taxi drivers
from Haryana and three from Delhi. Others hail from Rewari, Jaipur and
Sharma, currently languishing in Gurgaon's Bhondsi jail after being
caught by the Harayana police, showed no compassion or mercy. He
reportedly told his victims that he wouldn't even spare a boy or a woman
if he found them driving a taxi. Most of the 17 bodies were dumped in
the Kasampur canal in Aligarh.
According to the cops, the Ayurvedic doctor would come to Delhi and
Gurgaon quite often from his native Aligarh. He would then pose as a
tourist who wanted to go to Aligarh. Once he reached his destination, he
would direct his accomplices to get inside the vehicle. The taxi would
be driven to a secluded spot where the driver was beaten mercilessly.
The gang then fled with the vehicle and later sold it on the gray
market. Dr Sharma would get the lion's share of the proceeds that
amounted to nearly a lakh on every occasion.
17 innocent people had to die to make him richer by Rs 15 lakhs.