ELURU: It has been nearly a month since his first attack and the injection psycho continues to be elusive. The West Godavari police launched a massive manhunt for the miscreant, but with no luck, even as nearly 25 people became his victims till date.
Since August 22, when the first attack by the psycho on two girl students at Yandagandi in Undi mandal was reported, both the police and people had been spending sleepless nights. Thereafter, several attacks were reported by the victims and the doctors confirmed the syringe marks on the bodies of the injured, till last week. However, the police reiterated that no fresh attacks by the psycho were reported, after August 26, and those who claimed to be the victims of the miscreants, mistook accidental injuries to that of psycho attack.
District superintendent of police Bhaskar Bhushan and Narsapuram DSP Sowmya Latha stated that the psycho victims are only 11 and the other complaints were fake. Due to increasing pressure from the public, the cops formed 40 special teams, which released two sketches of the miscreants, after questioning the victims. The investigation also led them to a video-captured photograph of the accused, after checking the footage recorded by closed circuit TV cameras at different locations in the district.
Despite all these efforts, the police could not nab the psycho, who is now believed to have escaped from the district. The increased visibility of the police on the streets and continuous checking could have forced the psycho stop the attacks. However, a household search was being conducted in every possible village in the district, with the help of village revenue officers and sarpanches.
After examining the CCTV camera footage and questioning the victims, the police came to a conclusion that the accused belongs to West Godavari district and is well-versed with the routes of Bhimavaram, Veravasaram, Tanuku, and Tadepalligudem areas, which came in handy for his escape.