Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Mohan Kumar, who has confessed to killing 19 women by giving them cyanide, according to the police, has confessed to killing another woman in Bangalore in 2007.

Kumar confessed that he had killed Poornima (35) after her parents identified him at the Bantwal divisional police station on Saturday. Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao told The Hindu that Poornima was a resident of Manjeshwar in Kerala. After reading reports about the crime committed by Kumar, Poornima’s parents decided to visit Bantwal. When Kumar was presented before them, they immediately identified him as the person who had approached them seeking their permission to marry Poornima. Kumar is said to have confessed to his 20th murder immediately.

This case marks a departure in the modus operandi of Kumar, according to Mr. Rao. In other cases, Kumar never appeared before anybody who knew the victims. Kumar is said to have told the police that he took Poornima to Bangalore and they checked into a lodge in the Majestic area in Upparpet police station limits, where he killed her.

However, the investigating officers have not been able to locate the unnatural death report that would have been filed in case Poornima’s body was found in Upparpet police station limits. Also, as in several other cases, Poornima’s family failed to register a “missing person report” in the police station.