Is Sobhraj up to his old tricks to seek freedom?

Charles Sobhraj is well-known for playing tricks with security guards.

Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011, 18:48 PM IST

Kathmandu: Charles Sobhraj, the alleged
serial killer, con man and prison escape artist who is serving
a life sentence for murdering an American tourist in Nepal,
may be up to his old tricks of bribery and manipulation in quest of freedom.

Security guards at Kathmandu`s Central jail recently
discovered that Sobhraj was secretly trying to transfer NRS
500 inside a ballpen, which was gifted to his lawyer and
"mother-in-law" Shanuntala Thapa.

The jail security found NRs 500 rolled inside the ball
pen instead of refill when the lid was taken out, according to
jail authorities.

It is believed that the 66-year-old "Bikini killer"
may be trying to probe the security inside the jail.

Sobhraj, a French national whose father was an Indian
and mother a Vietnamese, is well-known for playing tricks with
security guards. He has escaped from prisons in Afghanistan
and India by drugging security guards.

In the 1980s, he walked out of New Delhi`s Tihar jail
by offering sedative-laced sweets to guards.

In November 2004, a plot to escape from the central
jail was uncovered. Sobhraj has spent over seven years in the
prison.

A couple of months earlier, an Indian contract killer
had opened fire at Yunush Ansari, a controversial private
television entrepreneur, who is serving a jail sentence after
convicted in counterfeit currency racket.

Sobhraj was one of the suspects in the attempted
murder. Since then the jail authorities have tightened
security for Sobhraj.

Nicknamed the "Bikini killer" and "Serpent", he has
been accused of luring young women and killing many of them.

PTI