Cuttack: Three deaths within a span of 48 hours in Odisha’s Cuttack has led to widespread panic and the police are suspecting a psychopathic killer. A special team was set up on Friday to identify and trace the killer.
“In last 48 hours, three murders cases have taken place in Cuttack. After seeing the pattern of the murders, we are guessing that the crimes have been committed by the same person.The victims are all homeless people…All these circumstances point towards a psychopath killer,” Police Commissioner of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Satyajit Mohanty said, according to ANI.
The top cop also added that, “It’s dangerous as the person is yet to be arrested. Keeping this in mind, we have taken precautions in Cuttack.”
These deaths have triggered panic bringing back memories of ‘stoneman’. 9 persons were killed by a suspected ‘stoneman’ in Berhampur in 1998.
The special team set up on Friday to net the killers comprises two police inspectors and 11 constables, city DCP Akhileswar Singh said, as reported by PTI.
The first body was recovered from Ranihat Bridge on Tuesday morning. Two bodies, one from near SCB Medical College and another from neighbouring OMP market, were recovered on Wednesday morning.
The throats of all the three bodies were slit and their heads were found to be smashed with a heavy object, he said, reported by Hindustan Times.
The police have stepped up night patrolling and the homeless are being told to sleep at shelter homes, city DCP Akhileswar Singh said.
“We plan to take a few more initiatives like spreading awareness about the dangers of sleeping in the open,” he said.
The Government Railway Police (GRP) has also been kept on high alert to remain vigilant as many sleep in the open in station areas.
On June 28, two persons were found dead in Paradip, 60 km from Cuttack.
In all the incidents, including the recent one, the victims and their killers were unidentified.