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After 12-year wait, he chops dad's killer into 12 pieces

The son of an Indian murder victim has confessed to stabbing his father's killer to death and chopping his body into 12 pieces, one for every year since his father was slain, media reported yesterday.

Alam Khan, 24, was 12 when he saw his father being murdered by a family friend in 2003.

He had secretly planned his revenge ever since and finally seized his chance last week when he invited the killer over for a drink, AFP reported.

After getting Mr Mohammad Rais drunk at his home in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Khan knifed him to death.

He then used a hammer and hacksaw to dismember the body, he told reporters on Monday after his arrest.

He and an accomplice then packed the body parts into plastic bags which they threw into a river.

When the bags washed up on the river's banks, police were able to identify Mr Rais only from a surgery scar on his torso.

Khan was arrested after witnesses recounted how Mr Rais had last been seen visiting his home, and he then made a full confession.

"I played some music at full volume and cut his body into 12 pieces," Khan was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

Khan had never told anyone about the identity of his father's killer and had instead waited for 12 years to "realise his dream" of taking revenge.

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