Recap: [Ravinder worked odd jobs in the city for few months before changing his work. Barring one case in which he and two friends slit a boy’s throat with a barber’s razor, he claimed to have never used any weapons. “I wanted to leave no clues ever,” he said.]
Ravinder Kumar was born into a poor family at Ganjduware village in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, in 1992. Father Brahmanand, a plumber, moved his family of six to Karala in outer Delhi in 2007 after finding it difficult to make ends meet at his hometown. Police said Ravinder committed his first crime in when he was barely 17 years. A laborer’s girl child from a Delhi Metro construction site was his first victim. He took her to an isolated spot, had sex with her, killed her and then dumped the body. The police could not find a record of the crime as it was not reported.
Most of his prey were children from poor families like his own – those who slept on the streets, or children of construction workers whose poverty-stricken parents were unable to chaperone them because they were working too hard to earn a living
During the day, he worked as a helper on a truck and at night he would go out and hunt for children between ages 3 to 8 when he felt aroused, uncaring about their gender.
Ravinder Kumar has been raping and killing minors since 2008 and only four out of his alleged thirty victims managed to survive. So far, police have only been able to corroborate eleven of the cases that Kumar has confessed to, after verifying local police station records. The cases took place in Bahadurgarh, Kasgunj, Faridabad, and in the towns of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Ravinder Kumar had earlier confessed to assaulting children in Badayun, Aligarh, Noida and Delhi. The 28-year-old serial rapist, Ravinder Kumar, used to kill minor girls by strangulating them before raping them. In one such case, which was lodged in outer Delhi’s Kanjhawala area on July 25, 2011, he strangulated a three-year-old girl to death and then sexually assaulted her. In 2014, the investigation into this case was handed over to the Crime Branch.
According to the Crime Branch officials, the body of the three-year-old girl was discovered from an abandoned plot near her residence in Kanjhawala area. Her mother lodged missing complaint on July 25, 2011, when she found her daughter missing from the cot. The girl was sleeping with her mother outside their house. After Ravinder was arrested in connection with the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl, the Crime Branch officials cross-checked his involvement into the case and found that the culprit was the same. Sources in the Crime Branch told the media persons that Ravinder Kumar in this case killed the girl and then raped her. He then left the body on the spot and fled from the scene.
In 2009, he kidnapped a laborer’s son from Vijay Vihar, sodomized and strangled him. Although, a case was registered against him, but he went Scott-free due to lack of witnesses and other evidence.
One of his victims, a 7-year-old named Sadhu (Name changed) is alive after being allegedly abducted, sodomized, drugged and left to die near a gutter by Ravinder Kumar. And what’s more appalling, is the fact that he was kidnapped from his home when he was sleeping next to his mother.
The victim’s mother said, “Sadhu and my daughter were sleeping next to me. I woke up sometime in the early hours of the morning to find that he was not in bed. I thought he must be inside and got up to check. I woke everyone up and we started searching for him in nearby areas. But Sadhu was nowhere to be found.” In this case he was also arrested but granted bail because Sadhu (the victim) couldn’t identify him.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) which was formed to investigate the case took Ravinder to Narela, Bawana and Alipur which he identified. The team along with local police would investigate cases of missing children in the two states which border Delhi. A massive operation was being conducted to know if the cases of missing children filed in the past five years in Vijay Nagar, Bawana, Narela, Alipur, Begumpur, Kanjhawala, Samaypur Badli and other areas are related to this case. It has been found that Ravinder Kumar was involved in over 38 cases. However, it was expected that the murder toll may rise up to 40, as the revelations continue. Ravinder Kumar later confessed to the police about his involvement in the case and about 15 other similar cases in Delhi, National Capital Region (NCR) and western UP. He told the police that he used to abduct children after luring them with toffees or money, would take them to an isolated spot where he would rape and then strangle them to death. He later dumped the bodies in drains or fields or buried them. DCP (Outer District) Vikramjit Singh has stated that there are adequate evidences including scientific ones to prove the involvement of Ravinder in the crime.
Ravinder Kumar told police that he was visiting his maternal uncle’s home when he committed the crime. Following the admission, the Investigating Officer of the Delhi Police approached Nagla Sikandar police station and came to know that they had already registered an FIR in the case under sections 302 (murder), 364 (abduction), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
In 2013, he committed two crimes in Noida. He was also arrested for assaulting a boy by slitting his throat when he worked as a cleaner in Begumpur, South Delhi. Shockingly, he got a bail in the case as the police downplayed the enormity of the case at that time. In 2014, Kumar was arrested for assaulting a boy in Begumpur. He abducted the boy near his house and fled after slitting his throat. He assumed the boy was dead. But the victim survived as police found him bleeding in a septic tank of an under-construction building. He spent a year in jail but was freed two months ago after the boy, who survived the assault, failed to identify him. Kumar got bail in that case.
During interrogation, Kumar revealed all kids targeted by him were under 14 years. Ravinder Kumar used to choose children from poor localities and never visited the same area twice. He operated in Delhi, western UP and parts of Haryana. He said he would loiter near slums and under-construction buildings at night in the hope of finding little girls or boys. He would at times travel several kilometres by bus to hunt for them. “After raping and killing, I would dump the bodies in the fields, in ponds or in a forested area. I never returned to the spot again,” he said.
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He said he used to be on the lookout for children even when he visited any relative’s home. He attacked two 14-year-olds known to a relative while visiting his aunt during a marriage ceremony in Aligarh in 2012. However, they were let off after they promised to keep mum about the incident.
“I was able to find a child for myself if I stayed at any place for 10-15 days. To avoid suspicion, I never stayed at any place for more than 2-3 months,” he said. The longest he stayed at any place during his crime phase was in Noida for 6 months a couple of years ago, he claimed. Ravinder worked odd jobs in the city for few months before changing his work.
Barring one case in which he and two friends slit a boy’s throat with a barber’s razor, he claimed to have never used any weapons. “I wanted to leave no clues ever,” he said.
Revealing his modus operandi, Ravinder Kumar told police that he usually committed crimes in the afternoon or in the early hours. He would roam around in colonies either at early hours or in the afternoon. He would lure children playing outside their house or near toilets, with money and sweets. If they refused, he would simply kidnap them. If the victim agreed not to reveal the matter to anyone, Kumar would let him or her go. He has killed 11 of his victims who had resisted his attempts to sexually assault them or threatened to expose him.
Ravindra Kumar was a serial drug addict who used to consume locally manufactured hooch, glue and correction fluid which made him lose control of the brain. “When I lose control of my brain, I get sexually charged. I go out for a long stroll during which I look for vulnerable children. Sometimes, I walk for more than 10 kilometers in one go without knowing my destination or the place where I am heading towards,” Kumar confessed to the interrogators.
The serial rapist killer Ravinder had shown no remorse or guilt.
“I would have continued targeting children had I not been caught. I felt bad but did it again the next time I drank. I would have asked for stringent punishment had a similar crime been committed with my child,” he told a news channel.
He claimed that he was often sodomized by his two neighbors — Anil and Sunil — when he was 10 or 11 years old. He was finally arrested in the rape and murder of a six year old girl in Begumpur on July 16,2015 which exposed his horrific criminal history
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