AN Indian serial killer has confessed to murdering 50 taxi drivers and dumping their bodies in a crocodile-infested river.
Devender Sharma, 62, from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, admitted that he would hire a cab to drive to a secluded area, kill the cabby before dumping his corpse and stealing his car.
Sharma, who was picked up by police for jumping parole, came clean to cops about his chilling murder spree in the early 2000s.
The doctor, who practises traditional Indian medicine, said he lost count of the number of taxi drivers he slaughtered and then fed to crocs in the Hazara canal, Kashganj.
Police reportedly fear he could have been involved in more than 100 murders, reports NDTV.
After the bodies were dumped and eaten by the reptiles, Sharma sold the taxis -— either whole or in parts — and made about £170 for each car.
Sharma had been convicted of murdering taxi drivers in 2004.
But he was only convicted of killing seven cabbies and was sentenced to life in prison in Jaipur, a city in the northern state of Rajasthan.
After spending 16 years in jail, the 62-year-old was given a short parole in January.
But when his 20 days on the outside were up, Sharma didn’t return to prison, according to Indian police.
On Wednesday Indian police arrested Sharma in the capital Delhi, where he had been holed up with a widow.
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It was during the interrogation that he laid bare the extent of his killings.
As well as being involved in mass murder, he was invovled in a scheme involving illegal kidney transplants.
According to police, he admitted being involved with more than 125 such transplants, with each earning him up to £7,000.