Police on Friday arrested an 18-year-old serial killer who allegedly bludgeoned four security guards to death and was driven by an urge to “become famous.”
An 18-year-old school dropout accused of killing four security guards in a span of just six days in Sagar and Bhopal cities of Madhya Pradesh was a loner and harboured unexplained “anger” since his childhood, according to residents of his village.
The alleged serial killer, Shivprasad Dhurve, alias Shiva and Halku, was identified from his Aadhaar card and arrested by the police on Friday. He is a resident of Kekra village in Sagar district.
He targeted sleeping security guards and killed three of them in Sagar district and the fourth one in Bhopal, police said. The first three killings came in a space of 72 hours earlier in the week, while the fourth victim, from Bhopal, fell prey a few hours before Dhurve was arrested.
The 18-year-old has studied up to Class 8 and knows a little bit of English. He was a loner who largely kept to himself, according to his acquaintances, including Basant Mehar, deputy sarpanch of Kekra village where he grew up before becoming a monster.
According to residents of Kekra, Dhurve, whom they call “Shiva”, harboured “anger” since childhood, but did not provide any plausible reason for him nursing the strong negative feeling.
He is the youngest among four siblings. His elder brother works as a labourer in Pune, while both his sisters are married, they added.
His father owns 1 to 1.5 acres of agricultural land from which the family ekes out a living, the villagers said.
Dhurve, who studied in a local school, would often get into fights with his fellow students and beat them up over trivial issues. He did not have friends in the village and shunned the company of others, they said.
About five years ago, Dhurve ran away from his home and reached Pune city of Maharashtra where he started working in a hotel. He would visit his village once in a while from Pune, said the local villagers.
One day Dhurve had a dispute with his employer in Pune. The employer thrashed Dhurve so hard that he was admitted to a hospital, they said, adding after the incident he was sent to a correctional home for minors.
He came back to his village and later left to work in Goa, where he learnt to understand and speak a little bit of English.