New Delhi: The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested a serial killer Dr Devender Kumar Sharma, 62, resident of Purreni, Aligarh, U.P. Sharma was absconding after he jumped parole.
He was convicted in several cases of kidnapping-cum-murder of truck and taxi drivers. He jumped parole while serving sentence in a murder case of Jaipur. He was presently wanted in a case of Rajasthan Prisons Act, 2015 registered at Lalkothi, Jaipur.
“The serial killer Devender Kumar Sharma serving life sentence in Central Jail, Jaipur in a murder case of Jaipur had come out on parole for 20 days from Jaipur jail in the month of January but didn’t return after the completion of parole period and was secretly residing in the area of Baprola, Delhi,” said Rakesh Paweriya, DCP Crime.
Sharma’s involvement in kidney scandal
Dumping bodies of victims in crocodile-infested Hazara Canal in UP’s Kashganj is the most horrifying dark deed of Sharma. But, he first grabbed eyeballs of authorities around 20 years ago for his involvement in a kidney transplant racket.
In 1994, Sharma joined the league of notorious Dr Amit, a convict in Gurgaon kidney scandal. Sharma has claimed to have facilitated at least 125 illegal kidney transplants between 1994 and 2004 for which he got Rs five to seven lakh per case.
Dr Amit’s and his associates used to lure poor people from neighbouring Uttar Pardesh on the pretext of a job. Then, they used to offer them about Rs 30,000 for kidney removal. The ones who resisted were forcibly drugged and operated upon. The kidneys were then sold to clients in the United Kingdom, US, Canada, Greece and Saudi Arabia. Dr Amit is believed to have conducted around 600 illegal kidney transplants.
Gas Agency scandal
In the year 1994, Bharat Fuel Company had floated the scheme of distributing gas dealership in which Sharma had invested Rs 11 lakh. Thousands of individuals who had invested in the company felt cheated after the company suddenly vanished. Sharma suffered a severe financial crisis due to loss of investment and started running a fake gas agency of Bharat Petroleum in Chhara village, Aligarh, U.P in the year 1995.
Initially, he started bringing cooking gas cylinders from Lucknow but it was getting tough for him to travel from Aligarh to Lucknow. During those days, he came in contact with persons identified as Raj, Udaiveer and Vedveer, residents of nearby village Dalalpur, who used to commit theft and robbery. These persons started robbing trucks carrying LPG cylinders by murdering the driver and after getting the truck unloaded in the fake gas agency of Devender Sharma, his accomplices used to get the robbed truck dismantled in Meerut. After one and a half year, he was arrested for running a fake gas agency.
According to police, after suffering huge financing loss in the year 1994, Devender Sharma got involved in inter-state illegal kidney transplant racket in Jaipur, Ballabhgarh, Gurgaon and other places. He was involved in criminal cases registered at the three places regarding illegal kidney transplant.