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'The Stoneman Murders' aims to solve 20-year-old mystery

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A new Bollywood film attempts to solve the Stoneman murders, one of India’s most infamous unsolved crimes, more than 20 years after the killings took place.

A still from the new Bollywood film 'The Stoneman Murders' in an undated handout photo. The film attempts to solve the Stoneman murders, one of India's most infamous unsolved crimes, more than 20 years after the killings took place. REUTERS/Handout

The serial killer, dubbed Stoneman by the media for the way he smashed victims’ heads with a heavy stone in the 1980s, was never caught.

Media reports said at least 13 people, mostly vagrants sleeping on the pavements of Mumbai, were killed.

“My film is a largely fictional account of the Stoneman killings and we also hazard a guess as to who the killer is,” director Manish Gupta told Reuters.

“I took nearly six months to even piece together the story because there wasn’t much information available about the killings,” he said.

The killer was also linked to similar murders in Kolkata during the same period.

Gupta said he came across evidence of apathy on the part of police officials during his research, especially since the victims were poor and homeless.

About half of Mumbai’s 17 million people are homeless, and many of those live on the streets or in slums that lack even basic facilities such as running water and toilets.

“There was an enormous cover-up on part of the investigating agencies,” the film’s producer Bobby Bedi said in a statement.

“And this cover-up is exactly what our film exposes.”

“The Stoneman Murders” opens in Indian cinemas on Feb 13.

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