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India: Indian doctor reportedly involved in 50 murders of taxi drivers

An Indian doctor is said to have been involved in at least 50 murders of taxi drivers and to have thrown their bodies to crocodiles to eat. The Indian police arrested the 62-year-old in New Delhi, as they announced on Sunday. During the interrogations, the doctor, who was trained in traditional Indian Ayurveda medicine, confessed to having been the mastermind behind 50 murders, according to police. But investigators believe he could be behind more than 100 murders. He is also said to have been involved in illegal kidney transplants and collected the equivalent of almost 8,000 euros each time.

The suspect was convicted of murder back in the 2000s

The man was reportedly sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of six taxi drivers in the city of Jaipur southwest of New Delhi in the early 2000s, but was later pardoned. He fled to New Delhi, where he married a widow. He was caught there on Wednesday - six months after he disappeared. Investigators in the Indian capital handed him over to the police in Jaipur.

According to a senior police officer, his criminal career began in the 1990s. At the time, he led a gang that stole gas canisters from trucks and often killed the drivers, said Rakesh Paweriya. In addition, the doctor had joined a syndicate that offered illegal kidney transplants. In 2004 he was arrested for alleged involvement in more than 125 such operations.

At the same time, his gang hired taxis in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, killed the drivers in remote locations and threw them into a canal full of crocodiles - the gang wanted to make sure the bodies were never found. They would have sold the cars later. So far, the doctor has only been convicted in some of these cases, in others the investigations are still ongoing, according to the police. More details were not known at first. (dpa)

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