Raman Raghav (1929 – 1995), also known as Psycho Raman was a psychopathic serial killer who operated in the city of Mumbai, India in the mid-1960s.
His real name, as mentioned in some sources, was Sindhi Dalwai. Very little is known about Raghav’s early life or circumstances that led him to commit the
crimes. These crimes consisted of murder, assault, and many others.
Raman Raghav’s sentence was reduced to life imprisonment because he was found to be incurably mentally ill.
For weeks after he was arrested, Raman refused to answer any questions. It didn’t matter to him if he was being beaten up or tortured, his lips were sealed. Of all the tricks in the book, it was a chicken dish that made Raman talk. While in the lock-up, Raman requested for Chicken curry. After weeks of interrogating him, the police decided to give in to his request. After finishing his chicken curry, Raman invited the officers to ask him whatever they wished to ask.
Raman confessed to committing 41 murders. Post his confession, he took the police force on a city-wide tour to show the places he operated in and to obtain the rod he had hid in the northern suburbs.
He was lodged at Yerwada Central Jail, Pune, and was under treatment at the Central Institute of Mental Health and Research. When a panel of doctors who examined him at the directive of the High Court found that he would never be cured, the High Court reduced his sentence to life imprisonment in its judgement of 4 August 1987.
A few years later in 1995 Raghav died at Sassoon Hospital. He had been suffering from kidney trouble.
The latest movie starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui directed by Anurag Kashyap was released in August,2016 based on real life interpretation of Raman Raghav.