Sarman Shivhare, 29-year-old is a class XII dropout. He dreamt of pursuing engineering in Sagar college before crime turned into a bigger ambition. Sarman began on a modest — and honest — note after shifting from Panna, his hometown, to Gwalior, working as an attendant in a gym and a hospital, and as an advertising agent for an electronic channel. Today, he talks of failed dreams, such as awe-inspiring thefts in museums and treasuries.
After turning into a criminal, he and his accomplices would rent houses, identify their targets, and do a recce before the final act. Shivhare would commit the murder alone, abandon his two-wheeler and walk to the rented house.
Shivhare told the police that he used to enjoy and gain ultimate pleasure out of the reactions that have followed a murder, such as the sight of closed shops when angry traders forced a Gwalior bandh to protest the killing of two traders, Vijay Jain and Rakesh Jain.
But, on the other hand, he had also confessed he is scared at the prospect of facing the relatives of his victims. The brutal murderer had told the police “Shoot me or hang me, I will tell you only what I want" while insisting that he be questioned only by an officer of the rank of inspector general of police.
Cops call him "intelligent" and are unsure whether to call him a psychopath or a hardened criminal. Shivhare's victims were traders, jewellers, police constables, passers-by, a dentist and a compounder in towns such as Gwalior, Jabalpur, Panna and Indore.
Shivhare worked with accomplices in his robberies but claims he committed the murders alone. Till he was arrested in Satna on July 25 after a failed robbery attempt — it left a jeweller critical and his wife dead — no one in the police had ever heard of him. He was arrested only because an accomplice had abandoned their two-wheeler and tried to escape, leaving Shivhare to be beaten up by a mob.