Gujarat police on Thursday arrested a man in connection with a string of brutal killings and mutilations in the state, the latest in a string that has killed at least two people and left hundreds wounded in recent weeks.
Police said the man had confessed to committing the crimes in several places, including his home in Ahmedabad and a small village in Bhiwandi district in the western state of Gujarat.
Police say the suspect has confessed to killing his wife and her family.
Police believe he has killed more than 30 people and that they were killed in revenge for the killing of a family member.
“We are searching for the person who is responsible for this heinous act,” Chief Minister Narendra Modi said at a press conference.
In February, the state’s chief minister had announced a nationwide manhunt for the serial killer who had confessed in the capital city of Ahmedabad to the killings of his wife, two sons, two daughters and his wife’s family.
The killings began in early March and have left at least 300 people dead and more than 200,000 displaced.
Modi had said the serial killings were revenge for an incident at the family’s home.
The suspect had been in hiding for a long time and was hiding in a cave in the northern part of the state after his wife confessed to the crime.
The suspect had earlier confessed to having killed his own wife and had also confessed to his wife to the killing, police said.
Police have recovered at least three of the victims’ bodies, and have also found at least 12 weapons, including guns, knives, machetes and axes.
The state government has set up a team of forensic experts to investigate the crimes and to find the serial killers’ accomplices.
The state government also announced a bounty of 1,000,000 rupees ($16,100) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the serial killing suspect.