//"I killed the poor and the homeless because nobody goes looking for the homeless"

"I killed the poor and the homeless because nobody goes looking for the homeless"

Suspected Serial Killer Claimed 20 Victims In Mumbai: Report

A suspect has admitted killing 20 people in the last two years in India's commercial capital of Mumbai, a news channel reported Thursday.

Ravindra Kantrole, 36, arrested by Mumbai police on January 22, admitted during a narco-analysis test that he had killed seven people in the last four months alone, the NDTV network reported quoting police sources.

In a narco-analysis test, a suspect is injected with sodium penthanol, a chemical that numbs powers of perception and makes it difficult for a person to lie during questioning.

During the test on Wednesday, Kantrole confessed to being a "psychopath" and said he "liked the colour of blood." He said he bludgeoned his victims and stabbed them to death.

Kantrole also told the police that he killed poor people because killing anyone rich would attract the attention of the police.

"I killed the poor and the homeless because nobody goes looking for the homeless," the channel quoted Kantrole as saying during the questioning.

Though the narco-analysis test is not admissible as legal evidence, the police said they will conduct further narco-analysis tests on Kantrole to get more leads into the killings.

India has been shocked by the discovery of a number of serial killings over the past few weeks.

Serial killings in the Indian capital New Delhi's suburbs have dominated the headlines in the national press since the end of December, 2006.

The skeletal remains of several children were found in the Nithari village near Delhi and a local businessman and his domestic helper were later arrested on charges of multiple abduction, rape and murder.

According to the police, most of the victims were children of poor migrant workers and the police said nearly 38 children from the village have been reported missing.

In another serial killings case, police in the southern city of Hyderabad arrested three men accused of killing nine people by smashing their heads with boulders over the past year.

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