A dreaded Serial killer Kamaruzzaman who killed at least 9 women and raped two of them, has been sentenced to death by an East Burdwan district court in its ruling. The criminal was feared by the women of the West Bengal region, for the trail of gruesome murders and rapes he left behind during his active years.
He has been accused in a total of 15 cases of which two are for rape & murder, 7 for murder, and 6 attempted murder. He was so depraved and deranged that he even raped the dead bodies of his victims and inserted foreign objects in their bodies.
38-year-old serial killer Kamaruzzaman who hails from Murshidabad, was not what one would call a textbook psychotic killer, going by the fact that he had a very ordinary lifestyle. He was married with three children. He also had a scrap material business. According to a victim who survived his attack, he ‘looked decent’ at first glance.
Even his wife Jahanara never suspected that he had a violent, criminal side to him. She reported to Indian Express that “He would go out in the afternoons, but we had no idea that he was out killing women. Whenever he returned, there was nothing about his behaviour that made us suspect anything. If he did what he did, we want strong action against him.” But behind those ordinary looks and routine lifestyle, there was an animal who frequently and violently attacked women of almost all ages, ranging anywhere from teens to seventies between 2013 and 2019.
His modus operandi was always the same. He would go to houses where he knew housewives were alone during the daytime and pretend to be from the electricity department demanding to check meter reading. He would select isolated homes that were not far from the main road so that he could easily escape after the crime. Once he gained access to the house, he would attack the victim with a cycle chain from behind and strangulate them. He also hit some victims on the head with an iron rod to make sure of their death. He would then proceed to rape the victim and rob the house. Briefing the press after his arrest, Superintendent of Police Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay told the press that even though he would steal valuables from houses, it was never his main motive. Murdering the women was his main intention.
His luck ran out when some of the victims survived his attack and gave his description to the police. He was always well dressed and used a red bike and a red helmet. On the basis of this information, the police arrested him on 2nd June 2019. He was booked under IPC 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 376 (rape) along with sections of robbery. Almost 13 months later, court found him guilty of rape and murder of a 19-year-old victim and ordered the death penalty considering the gravity of his crimes.
“The court observed that it was one of the rarest of rare cases. I stressed on maximum punishment as the man had hit the minor helpless girl on her forehead and then tried to strangulate her and raped her. Nothing can be more heinous than this,” said Soumyajit Raha, the special public prosecutor of the case.
Kamaruzzaman was born to a lower-middle-class family and after giving birth to nine children, his mother died when he was 13. Following his father’s second marriage, he started getting into trouble as a result of which he dropped out of the madarsa and left home.
Though the investigator could never really pinpoint what triggered his anger against women but they are sure that it had something to do with his childhood. Kamaruzzaman also told investigators that he was unable to explain why he behaved in such a manner and indulged in the heinous acts.
Curiously, Kamaruzzaman’s character and purported profession are quite close to one played by Ritiesh Deshmukh in 2014 movie ‘Ek Villain’. In the movie, Ritiesh played the role of a psychopathic serial killer who worked as an electrician and killed women randomly just for the sake of killing.
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