Mangalore, Dec 17: The Fourth Additional District and Sessions Court has on December 17, Tuesday, convicted serial killer Cyanide Mohan Kumar in the case of the murder of Anitha (22)hailing from Barimar in Bantwal taluk.
The Fourth Additional District and Sessions Court convicted him convicted under sections 376, 328, 302, 392,301, 366, 394, 417, 465, 468 and 473 of IPC.
Mohan Kumar alias Ananda (46), a resident of Kanyana in Bantwal taluk had been serving as a teacher in a primary school near Angadi in Kanyana, on a temporary basis from 1980 and quit his job in the year 2003. After quitting his job, he took to crime in 2005, killing 21 girls in a matter of five years.
Here it is worth mentioning that Mohan Kumar was arrested on October 21, 2009 after the police intensified investigation into the case of the mysterious missing of Anitha on June 17 2009.
The hearing went on for one year and during this course apart from the said three cases the Court also took up cases of Shashikala from Kariyangala Sanaribettu, Hemavathi from Idkidu, Bantwal, Yashodha from Meginamalady, Vinutha from Padumajalu in Puttur, Sujatha from Bajpe Guddabettu and Kamala from Kumpala, who were also allegedly killed by Mohan Kumar.
Altogether, there were 49 witnesses in the case.
The initial questioning in the case had commenced on November 21, 2011 in the then fast track court and it had continued for about a year.
The case was then transferred to Fourth Additional District Sessions Court and the Court started the hearing on June 10. This is the first verdict in the serial killing case of 21 young woman, that had shook the entire region.
Court convicts Mohan in Leelavathi murder case
Mohan convicted in another case also. Judge B K Naik found Mohan guilty of murdering Leelavathi, a resident of Vamadapadav. She had gone missing on September 9, 2005.
He was convicted under sections 366, 376, 328, 392, 394, 417, 302 and 201.
In a third case relating to murder of Sunanda (25) of Sullia taluk, the judge reserved the verdict for Wednesday December 18. The judge asked to remove section 364 from the chargesheet, as it relates to kidnapping of minor girls, and addition of sections 366 and 394.
The quantum of judgement in all three cases will be pronounced on December 19.