Pandher, Surinder Koli get death penalty in Nithari girl killing case


The judge called the crime "rarest of rare". Lesser charges were slapped on Moninder Singh Pandher while Koli was charged for committing all the murders besides kidnap rape. The police recovered the woman's skull behind the house.

The horiffic Nithari killings took place in 2005 and 2006 after minor girls, young women and children disappeared mysteriously from around Pandher's Sector 31 residence in Noida.

Pandher was slapped a Rs 10,000 fine under Section 302, a seven year jail term along with Rs 10,000 fine under Sections 376 and 511 and seven years jail and Rs 5,000 fine under Section 201.

Pandher and Koli were held guilty of kidnapping, rape and murder in the case.

Pandher had been on bail since September 2014, but was rearrested after his conviction.

The court took stock of the arguments from prosecution lawyer JP Sharma who argued that scientific evidence has proved that Koli abducted, killed and raped the woman and tampered with the evidence.

May 1: Parents of three victims who were killed by the two accused moved to the court against the CBI for letting off main accused Pandher. "This case falls under the category of rarest of rare and both deserve death penalty", the Hindustan Times reported the CBI special judge as saying. She was beheaded, and the head along with her garments were thrown in the drain behind Pandher's residence. Afterwards, her identity was substantiated after her DNA samples were matched with her parents. Her clothes were identified by the parents.

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Defence lawyer Devraj Singh pleaded for minimum punishment as Pandher suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes.

In the first case, the CBI court awarded death sentences to both in February 2009.

Mohinder Singh Pandher and Surender Koli.

The police discovered 19 skeletons from Pandher's house at Nithari in Noida on December 29, 2006.

Slum residents living nearby said 40 people, mostly children, had gone missing since 2004 and accused police of ignoring their complaints.

The CBI said Koli, who is from Mangrukhal in Uttarakhand, lured victims to his employer's house where he raped them and later dismembered their body parts before dumping them in bags and burying them in the backyard.