A lethal killer unleashed an attack that we hardly see in real life, maybe in the movies. This took place in Palwal, a town in Haryana just about 80 kilometers from Delhi.
The Tuesday attack left a body count of six who were all murdered in two hours. Since then, the area has been put on high alert over security concerns.
Media reports indicate that all six murders were committed using an iron rod. The killings are believed to have been carried out between 2 am and 4 am in different locations of the town. The police have arrested a man for the murders whom they claim to be mentally unstable.
The killer has been identified as Naresh Dhankad, he first murdered a woman at a hospital and then four other people between Agra Road and Minar Gate of Palwal, before killing his last victim, a security guard, according to NDTV report. The other two victims were also security guards.
It turns out that Dhankad is a retired personnel of the Indian Army based on an identity card recovered from him. The ID card indicates that Dhankad, who retired as a lieutenant, now works in the Haryana agriculture department.
Palwal's superintendent of police, Sulochana Gajraj, said Dhankad was around 40 to 45-years-old and "appeared to be mentally weak". Gajraj suggested that Naresh's victims were chosen at random, saying he "attacked whoever he came across on the streets".
"We have recovered an identity card from him which suggests he is a retired Army man, but further investigations are still to be carried out," Garg told media.
It is believed that Dhankad started his killing spree from a hospital with a woman's murder. He reached the facility at around 2.30 in the morning, killed the woman - identified as Anjum - and hid in a washroom in the building.
He then escaped from the hospital only to go ahead and kill five more people. Police have released CCTV footage in which Dhankad is seen entering what looks like a hospital corridor, wearing a blue sweater and white trousers. The video has been recorded a little after 2.30am.