Last week, on July 15, a 24-year-old man, Ravindra Kumar, was arrested in Begumpur, Delhi, for the alleged murder of a 6-year-old girl. Now, police sources reveal that the man has confessed to killing as many as 30 children. “He has admitted to raping and abusing more than 30 children and murdering most of them,” a senior police officer told NDTV.
ndtvKumar with an NDTV correspondent
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. Kumar, who is on a seven-day police remand, had earlier confessed to assaulting children in Badayun, Aligarh, Noida and Delhi.
hindustantimes Relatives of the 6-year-old girl at Begumpur police station
Kumar has apparently blamed alcohol for the murders. “I used to drink and commit this crime…I felt bad but the next time I drank I did it again,” he said. The 5-foot 5-inch tall Kumar also blamed his friends showing him porn for his acts. “I would have asked for stringent punishment had a similar crime been committed with my child,” Kumar stated.
hindustantimesRavinder Kumar’s father and mother at their residence
Kumar, who works as a bus cleaner, used to look for children between ages 3 to 8 when he felt aroused, uncaring about their gender. He used to target children who played alone. He would lure the child with candy, and kill them if they resisted before having sex with their bodies.
dailybhaskar Kumar in police custody
Police are now escorting Kumar to the various areas where he committed his violent crimes. They have also mounted a massive operation to check on the cases of missing children in the areas Kumar has mentioned. Their task is made tougher as Kumar often targeted kids from poor and illiterate families, who didn’t know how to file a police complaint and would just move to another place.
Kumar was caught because the body of the 6-year-old girl he last assaulted was found in an under-construction building, merely 50 meters from her house. During a search of the area, police found some papers and a driving license on the second floor. The license was issued in the name of Sunny. When police caught up with Sunny, he said that Ravinder, his brother Sunil and a juvenile had beaten him and stolen his motorcycle, driving license, mobile phone and Rs 2000.
hindustantimesThe area where the 6-year-old girl was raped and killed by Kumar