The Serpent is the latest crime series that has been grabbing a lot of attention lately. It features the story of the serial killer, Charles Sobhhraj, also known as the ‘The Serpent’. He was known for leaving a trail of dead bodies wherever he went, from Bombay to Bangkok, in the 70s.
Made in collaboration with Netflix, the BBC One show is inspired by real events, which makes it even more thrilling!
BBC’s gut-wrenching crime thriller stars Tahar Rahim as the lead character and Jenna Coleman as his girlfriend, Marie-Andree Leclerc. The show also features Amesh Edireweera as Ajay Chowdhury, who was Charles’ right-hand man and helped him with dumping dead bodies and threatening his victims. He was Charles’ most trusted associate, who assisted him in committing a series of crimes such as robberies, passport thefts, and murders in the 1970s.
The series suggests that the young man was even more sinister and entrenched in Charles’s activities than the serial killer himself. However, Charles’ right-man disappeared by the end of the sixth episode.
Now the viewers are curious to know where he is and what happened to him in real life. Well, if you have already binged the series and are looking for answers, you have come to the right place. Here are five interesting facts about Charles Sobhraj’s mysterious friend, Ajay Chowdhury:
Ajay Chowdhury was from India
Ajay Chowdhury belonged to an Indian family from New Delhi. He met Charles in Thailand and became his trusted follower. He became closer to him and started helping him in his crimes.
In the series, Ajay who is going by the name of Alain, is seen committing a number of crimes alongside a notorious serial killer. He seems more entrenched in Charles’s dark activities than his girlfriend-turned-accomplice, Marie-Andree Leclerc.
Ajay Chowdhury committed his first murder with Charles
Charles became friends with American backpacker, Connie Jo Bronzick and her partner, Canadian Laurent Carriere before brutally killing them both, according to Nepal police.
Police believed that Ajay Chowdhury was involved in this homicide, too, as he was seen at the same hotel where Charles was staying in Kathmandu. However, Ajay managed to escape from the scene. “After the discovery of the bodies, we traced Chowdhury to a hotel in Kathmandu,” said Bishwa Lal Shrestha, the police officer who was investigating this case in 1975. “But he gave us the slip.” It was a close call.
Ajay went into hiding after Charles’ apprehension
In 1976, authorities finally managed to capture Charles Sobhraj and Leclerc in New Delhi and sent them both to jail. Ajay remained on the loose throughout. Police couldn’t find his whereabouts even after Charles’ arrest. Some rumors suggested that Charles killed Ajay in 1975, when the three took a trip to Malaysia.
But the authorities believed that he is still alive, as they found a number of traces of him over the years. Police claimed that he must have been hiding in Nepal. Of course, it would have been easy for him to hide after 30 years.
Ajay is at large to this date
Well, the mystery behind what really happened to Ajay Chowdhury is still unsolved. In the series, we see him being abandoned by Charles, who decides to take his girlfriend Marie-Andree, leaving Ajay behind.
In reality, he has been suspected to be killed by his serial killer friend on their trip to Malaysia in 1976. However, these are just rumors and it seems like no one truly knows what happened to him and where he is right now.
Check out the BBC series here:
Perhaps, he is also watching this show somewhere in his safe house. Who knows?