Chandrakant Jha

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Chandrakant Jha




Classification: Serial killer?
Characteristics: Dismemberment
Number of victims: 6 ?
Date of murders: 1998 / 2003 - 2007
Date of arrest: May 20, 2007
Date of birth: 1967
Victims profile: Men
Method of murder: Strangulation with a nan chaku (a chain attached to two wooden handles used by martial arts practitioners)
Location: New Delhi, India
Status: Unknown


Court releases 'Serial killer' in murder case

Indopia.in

New Delhi, December 5, 2007

Chandrakant Jha, who is accused of killing people and dumping their bodies in front of Tihar jail, was today released by a court here in a murder case after police found no evidence against him.

Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Gupta ordered the release of Jha, arrested for the sensational serial killings, in the four-year-old murder case of one Umesh after the Investigating Officer (IO) submitted that there was no evidence against him.

An FIR was registered with Hari Nagar police station on November 20, 2003 following recovery of a body in a white-bag outside gate number one of Tihar Jail here. The police later identified the body as that of Umesh.

Jha, arrested on May 20, was accused of several killings including the murder of Umesh, 26, by the police following his disclosure statement.

"In view of the circumstances and material on record and submissions of the prosecution and investigating officer, I am of the considered opinion that there is no sufficient evidence against the accused. He may be released in the present case," the court said.

In the application seeking release of Jha, IO Ombir Singh said that there was no cogent evidence against him except his alleged disclosure statement.

"The accused was taken on two days police remand but no recovery could be effected from him," Singh said.

The police have so far filed three chargesheets against Jha, who hails from Madhepura in Bihar, in as many murder cases invoking Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the IPC.

The police had alleged that Jha, 40, now in judicial custody, murdered his three associates Amit, Dilip and Upendra after taking offence to their "drinking, eating meat and womanising".

Serial killer let off for want of evidence

TribuneIndia.com

New Delhi, December 5, 2007

A city court today released Chandrakant Jha, accused of killing several people and dumping their bodies in front of the Tihar Jail, after the police did not find any evidence against him.

Metropolitan magistrate Manish Gupta ordered the release of Jha in the case relating to the murder of one Umesh, four years ago, after the investigating officer submitted that there was no evidence against him.

An FIR was registered with the Hari Nagar police station on November 20, 2003, following the recovery of Umesh’s body in a bag outside gate no 1 of Tihar Jail.

Jha, arrested on May 20, was accused of several killings including the murder of Umesh, 26.

“In view of the circumstances and material on record and submissions of the prosecution and the investigating officer, I am of the considered opinion that there is no sufficient evidence against the accused. He may be released in the present case,” the judge said.

In the application seeking release of Jha, investigating officer Ombir Singh said that there was no cogent evidence against him except his alleged disclosure statement.

“The accused was taken on two days’ police remand, but no recovery could be effected from him,” Singh said.

The police have so far filed three chargesheets against Jha, who hails from Madhepura in Bihar, in as many murder cases invoking Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The police had alleged that Jha, 40, now in judicial custody for the other murder cases, killed his three associates Amit, Dilip and Upendra after taking offence to their “drinking, eating meat and womanising”.

At the time of Jha’s arrest, the police had claimed that Jha was a psychopath, as he “enjoyed” each of his killings. “He used to kill people, after he got annoyed with the victims, who had worked with him, over trifling issues,” said joint commissioner of police Rajesh Kumar.

Delhi police file third chargesheet against 'serial killer'

Zeenews.com

October 5, 2007

Delhi police have filed their third chargesheet in a court here against Chandrakant Jha, whose alleged serial killings and dumping of bodies outside the Tihar Jail here had created sensation in the capital a few months ago.

In the chargesheet filed in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Gupta, the police accused Jha of murder of one Upendra Rathore (22), originally hailing from Maharajganj district in Uttar Pradesh, after an altercation with regard to a mobile phone.

Rathore's torso was recovered from a carton outside the Tihar Jail on April 25.

The police, which invoked sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the IPC against the accused, had recovered parts of the Rathore's body including private parts and severed left hand from a carton at a place under Loni police station in Ghaziabad district on April 29.

Other severed parts of the body were later discovered from Pitampura here by the police.

In their six-page chargesheet, the police referred to the disclosure statements of the accused and DNA report of the deceased's parents to corroborate the charges against Jha, who used to sell vegetables in Azadpur here.

As many as 62 witnesses have been named by the police in the chargesheet to substantiate their allegations against Jha, who is allegedly involved in as many as six murders.

The police had found first body outside Tihar Jail on October 28, 2006 with a note daring them to "catch me if you can". Two more bodies were recovered on December 20, 2006 and April 25 this year.

The story of a serial killer

Express News Service - Cities.ExpressIndia.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

* CHANDRAKANT PAMPERED HIS VICTIMS FIRST * KILLED THEM AT THE SLIGHTEST PROVOCATION * HIS FIRST RECORDED MURDER WAS IN 1998 * HE WAS ACQUITTED * CAME OUT OF JAIL TO KILL 6 MORE

New Delhi, May 21: CHANDRAKANT Jha, who was detained on Sunday on suspicion of being the serial killer who had been placing dismembered bodies outside Tihar Jail. today confessed his crime to police.

“He (Jha) was arrested from his hideout in Hyderpur, near Shalimar Bagh, on Sunday. He has confessed to murdering seven people... He used to chop off their bodies and dump the torso in front of Tihar Jail,” Joint Commissioner of Police Rajesh Kumar told the media today.

Police say it was the sheer thrill of killing that drove Jha (40), who would buy vegetables in bulk and sell it to retailers, to kill some of his employees. Police have not been able identify Jha’s victims; the serial killer has merely disclosed their names and is mum on other details.

Police have videographed Jha’s confession in which the killer has described the way he killed his victims and the reason why he killed them.

The 40-year-old used to employ young men, usually migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and as Kumar put it: “All his victims were his employees and Jha used to keep them in JJ Colony, Hyderpur. He says he used to take care of them like children and gave them shelter. But at times petty things would annoy him. And the punishment for such a breach of behavior was death.”

The JCP says Jha has admitted to killing his victims for reasons as trivial as their eating meat or drinking alcohol.

Describing the way Jha killed his victims, Kumar said: “He would first tie the hands of his victims on the pretext of punishing them. And since they were all so close to him, the victims never expected that they would meet a fatal end.”

The killings would commence around 8 pm.

After tying up his victims, he would strangle them using a nan chaku (a chain attached to two wooden handles used by martial arts practitioners).

Jha would then have his dinner in the same room and afterwards, cut off the victim’s head and limbs.

“Jha claimed he was an expert in cutting up bodies. He used to cut them in a way to ensure that minimum blood oozed out of the body,” Kumar said.

The killer would then pack off the body parts in a plastic bag. And around 4 am, he would load the body parts onto his scooter engine-fitted cycle rickshaw and drive till Tihar to dump the torso. Astonishingly, no one spotted Jha dumping the torsos near Tihar Jail.

“He used to dump the head and limbs in the Yamuna. In one of the latest cases, he dumped the limbs of a victim, Dilip, near Tis Hazari court,” Kumar said.

Who is Chandrakant Jha?

Chandrakant Jha, the man Delhi Police claims is the serial killer who dumped six bodies in front of Tihar Jail in the past six years, was born in Ghosai village of Bihar's Madhepura district. Having studied up to Class X he came to Delhi in 1986 and started working as a labourer in Subzi Mandi.

Jha has married twice—he abandoned his first wife, and within a year married one Mamta, who came from Madhubani, Bihar. The couple has five daughters aged between 2 and 10 years.

The police say he changed residence routinely, always living away from his family—he was based in Hyderpur, while his family lived in Alipur.

Jha was involved in three cases of burglaries in 1997; three Arms Act cases were also registered against him. In 1998, he was arrested on his first murder charge. He remained in jail till 2002 but the case ended in his acquittal.

The victims

1998: Jha's first murder was Mangal, alias Aurangzeb, in Adarsh Nagar. He was arrested and remained in jail till 2002

June 2003: Murdered one of his associates, Shekhar, accusing him of being a drunkard and liar. He threw the body in Alipur

November 2003: Murdered Umesh, who worked with him, for lying and betraying him, Jha has told the cops. He threw the body near gate number 1 of Tihar Jail. A case was registered on November 20, 2003 at Hari Nagar Police Station

November 2005: Killed his third associate, Guddu, because he did not like the latter's extravagant lifestyle and the fact that he smoked ganja. The body was found near Sulabh Sauchalya in Mongol Puri, northwest Delhi

October 2006: Amit was the fourth associate to be murdered; Jha told police that he killed Amit for being a womaniser. The torso was thrown in front of Tihar Jail on October 20

April 2007: The fifth associate to be murdered was Upender, allegedly for having an affair with the daughter of one his friends.

May 2007: Dilip, the sixth associate to be murdered, for Jha did not like the fact that Dilip ate non-vegetarian food. His body was found outside Tihar on May 18.

How the serial killer was nabbed

Sobhana K - Cities.ExpressIndia.com

May 23, 2007

Jha’s letter after his fourth murder gave enough leads; call to SHO added some more, say police

New Delhi, May 22: BY the time Chandrakant Jha committed his sixth murder this April and dumped his associate Upender’s body near Tihar Jail’s gate number 3, the police had already short-listed him as one of the four accused and even had his photograph, it was revealed today.

“We had been closing in on him since last October 20 when Jha committed his fifth murder. There were many clues that led us to him,” a senior police officer said today.

According to police, Jha’s first mistake was to send a letter to the police after leaving his fourth victim’s (Amit) torso in front of Tihar last October 20. Jha had blamed former Additional Deputy Commissioner Manish Agarwal and Head Constable Balbir Singh in the letter for forcing him to take to the killing spree.

Agarwal was the additional DCP in North West district in 2003, while Singh was the warden of jail number 3 during this period.

This, the police said, was the first clue.

In the letter Jha also admitted to having committed a murder in November 2003 and dumping the body near Tihar. That, a police official said, was the second clue. “It proved that he was already out of Tihar by November 2003, so we had to look for a person who was lodged before 2003,” the officer said.

Jha’s letter also blamed Agarwal for trapping him in a false case. From this the police concluded that the killer was involved in a criminal case in North West district in 2003.

Another clue that came from the letter, the officer said, was the revelation that he was externed due to these cases.

According to the officer, Jha made another mistake by calling up the Hari Nagar SHO immediately after dumping the body last October 20. “We ensured that the SHO spoke with the killer as long as possible and got more clues,” the officer said. “The conversation lasted for seven minutes.”

The hunt is on

After the phone conversation with the SHO, police had more than a sketchy idea who they were looking for: a suspect involved in crime in North West district in 2003, who was externed and was, prior to November 2003, lodged in jail number 3 of Tihar.

After verifying records of more than 800 suspects, the police narrowed down the list to four, including Jha, the officer said.

“Our next clue was to compare handwriting on the note found with the bodies and handwritten statement of externees.”

Before April 25 this year, when Jha committed his sixth murder, the police had photographs of all four accused and had zeroed in on Jha, the officer said. The seventh murder on April 25, however, came as a shock to the police as they did not expect the killer to strike in such quick succession, the officer said.

“By then we suspected Jha was the killer but the difficult part was identifying his hideout because he changed his address every fortnight,” the officer said. “We knew at least four hideouts: Yamuna Vihar, Alipur, Badola village and Haidarpur.”

But before they could reach him, police said Jha killed Dilip and dumped the torso in front of Tihar’s gate number 1 on May 18.

“Our last clue was that he drove a scooter-fitted rickshaw,” the officer said. “We combed all four places and finally found him in Alipur while he was eating halwa with his children.”

Cops get cell numbers of last two victims

The police today recovered mobile numbers of Upender and Dilip, who the police say were the sixth and seventh victims of Chandrakant Jha. The police have launched a hunt to identify the six allegedly killed by Jha is the past four years. “Our first priority would e to search for the victim’s family,” Joint Commissioner Rajesh Kumar said.

Meanwhile, a team of divers was sent to the Yamuna to look for the body parts as Jha claimed that he the severed parts in the river. Jha is in police custody for seven days.
 
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