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Indian serial killer admits involvement in the murder of more than 50 taxi drivers

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

An Indian serial killer who admitted his involvement in the murder of more than 50 taxi drivers whose bodies were dumped in a crocodile-infested canal has been caught by police after he fled to another state while out of prison on parole.

(CNN)An Indian serial killer who admitted his involvement in the murder of more than 50 taxi drivers whose bodies were dumped in a crocodile-infested canal has been caught by police after he fled to another state while out of prison on parole.

Between 2002 to 2004, Devender Sharma was convicted of murdering up to seven taxi drivers and sentenced to life in prison in Jaipur, a city in the northern state of Rajasthan.

But when his 20 days on the outside were up, Sharma didn't return to prison, according to Indian police.

On Wednesday -- around six months after he went missing -- Indian police arrested Sharma in the country's capital Delhi, where he had been living with a widow who he had married since failing to return from parole.

When questioned, Sharma confessed that he had broken his parole conditions and didn't plan to return to jail, according to a news release Wednesday from Delhi police.

According to Delhi police, Sharma also went into detail about his criminal past.

Sharma graduated with a degree in traditional Indian medicine, and ran a clinic at a hospital in Rajasthan for 11 years, starting in 1984, according to police.

According to police, he admitted being involved with more than 125 such transplants, with each earning him between $6,680 and $9,350.

Sharma told police that he and others worked on another scheme in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

According to local media reports dating from 2008, Sharma was initially caught by police while in the act of killing a driver.

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