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The way to hang the serial rapist is cleared, the whole case of more than 18 rape-murderers

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The Karnataka High Court has given a setback to the serial rapist Upesh Reddy, who raped and then murdered women by entering the houses on the pretext of asking for water. While upholding the lower court’s death sentence, the High Court rejected his demand for life imprisonment. The convict Umesh often targeted women who were alone in the house. He has been convicted of rape and murder with nine women. However, police sources say that he has raped and murdered at least 18 women.

The Karnataka High Court, while hearing the case on Wednesday, upheld the death sentence of Umesh Reddy. Commenting in the case, the court of Justice Arvind Kumar and Justice Pradeep Singh said that the convict is not entitled to leniency in view of the crime.

Inspector BN Nyamegowda, who investigated in the case, says that Umesh is a very cruel and vicious criminal. He used to target women living alone in the house between 11 am and 2 am. He said that he has also dodged the police five times.

CRPF commandate’s daughter raped

According to BN Nyamegowda, Umesh’s criminal tendencies started only after he joined the Central Armed Reserve Force (CRPF). After training, he was posted in Kashmir and escaped from the camp after raping his commandant’s daughter. Not much was known about his criminal history at that time, so he fled to Chitradurga from the CRPF and became a constable in the District Armed Reserve (DAR) in November 1996. But he did not stay there either, there too he was caught in a rape case.

He first tried to rape a girl in Chitradurga’s KEB Colony, but the girl raised an alarm. A few days later, he raped and killed a woman in the same district. She was arrested on charges of rape in 1997. But he escaped from jail within two months.

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Nyamegowda said, “Reddy first ran when he was being shifted from Bellary jail in March 1997. She was later arrested in July 1997 while attempting to steal women’s undergarments. But he absconded within 24 hours. He was caught by the Peenya police on February 28, 1998, when he was trying to escape after killing a woman. But he escaped while being brought to the court.

Umesh, who was involved in the rape and murder of at least 18 women, including five minors, also had a weapon with him. At the time of the incident, he used to enter the house on the pretext of drinking water or seeing the room on rent, then used to show weapons and tie the women with ropes. Then after the rape, he used to kill and leave the house. According to Nyamegowda, Umesh is a mental patient, he used to take women’s undergarments with him after the murder.

Reddy was finally arrested on 17 May 2002 by the Yesvantpur police from the saloon on the behest of the autorickshaw driver. In February 2009, the trial court found Umesh guilty and sentenced him to death.

Court compares Umesh to Satan

The High Court also commented while dismissing Umesh’s petition. In his judgment, he said, “I don’t think we will send any good message to the society by imprisoning this kind of devil in human guise for life. He tried to escape from jail whenever he got the chance. Habitual criminal kind.” This criminal cannot be given life imprisonment”.

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