12 years on, cops release sketch of man wanted for 7 murders

Around 12 years after he allegedly killed seven members of a family and nearly five years after an arrest warrant was issued for him, the Malaut police on Wednesday finally released the sketch of a Uttar Pradesh resident wanted for the murders. While the Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued an arrest warrant against the accused, Ram Sewak of Pakhria village in UP's Farukhabad district, in 2007, police, however, have been unable to locate him. Authorities have now sought public help to apprehend him.

Of the seven victims, four were children while two were women besides another man. Police said the women had been raped before they were murdered. They were allegedly killed with sharp-edged weapons while the family was sleeping at their home in Burja village of Malaut in May 2001. Ram Sewak was arrested and in 2005, the Faridkot Session Court had sentenced him to death. The case, however, went for review in the High Court and as per Malaut DSP Manvinderpal Singh, the high court had sent the case back and directed authorities to frame charges under section 376( rape) as well.

Information revealed that police failed to produce any evidence against the culprit as most of the persons refused to give their statements by then and Sewak was released on bail. "The state, however, filed a petition in the high court and an arrest warrant was issued for him. "Since then, however, he is absconding and we visited his village but all his family members have died and we have got no clue about his whereabouts," the DSP added.

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