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Pandher, Koli sentenced to death in Nithari serial rape-murder case

08 Décembre 2017

In a major verdict, a CBI court awarded death sentences to businessman Maninder Singh Pandher and his aide Surendra Koli in the infamous Nithari killing episode.

Both are to be taken in judicial custody, he added.

On Thursday, the court held both guilty under Sections 376 (rape), 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence or false information) of the Indian Penal Code.

Chargesheets were filed against the two accused in 16 of the 19 cases, out of which nine cases have been decided till date.

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

In this case, the 25-year-old maid did not return home on October 12, 2006.

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In one of the cases, his death sentence was commuted to life term by the high court in 2015.

Pandher and Koli were charge-sheeted in 16 of the 19 cases, while three were closed for want of evidence.

Pandher and Koli were accused of luring their victims, mostly children, on the pretext of giving them candies. When Surender Koli was arrested on December 29, 2006 for the first time he made police to recover some skulls from rear portion of Pandher's house where he worked as a domestic help.

Earlier on July 24, the special court had given death sentence to both the convicts in one of the cases of Nithari killings of Pinki Sarkar (20).

Special Public Prosecutor Jai Prakash Sharma said that the Noida Police had found skeletal remains of 19 persons, mostly children, from the backyard of Pandher's house.

Almost all the victims had been murdered and the investigative agencies had later claimed that Koli had also consumed the flesh of numerous victims after they died.

Pandher, Koli sentenced to death in Nithari serial rape-murder case