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First Nithari chargesheet
Koli did it: CBI
Pandher charged with only lesser offences
S. Satyanarayanan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 22
In the case pertaining to the gruesome killing of children in Nithari, the CBI today virtually gave a clean chit to businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and blamed his “psychopath” servant Surinder Koli for the murder of 16 persons.

The CBI, which filed its first chargesheet in the Nithari group of cases in a designated court in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh today, armed with the report of a board of psychiatrists, psychologists and forensic medicine experts and other circumstantial evidence, claimed that Koli had carried out 16 murders when his businessman employer was away from his D-5, Sector 31 residence in Noida, from where the skeletal remains of the victims were recovered.

Pandher, the owner of what was dubbed the “House of Horrors”, has not been charged with murder but of the lesser charges of conspiracy and destruction of evidence and some sections under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act. Whereas Koli has been charged with murder, rape and abduction.

Addressing a press conference here along with Dr T.V. Dogra and Dr R.K. Chadha, Heads of Forensic Medicines and Psychiatry Departments of AIIMS, CBI joint director Arun Kumar said “accused Koli is suffering from necrophilia, a sexual perversion disorder, and had murdered 16 persons when Pandher was not at home.”

In a horrifying tale, Kumar said Koli also cooked and ate the flesh of two of his victims and tried to eat a third one raw. “Though it may sound surprising, Pandher had no idea about the murders at his own house,” he said adding that “apart from the confessional statement of Koli, we could establish this fact by tracking Pandher’s location, through his mobile phone records, on the days murders took place.”

“Through the unique identification number of mobile phone, one can track the location of the phone users as the signal towers map the location,” he said.

“He (Pandher) was abroad when three murders took place, out of Noida on eight other occasions and was not present in the locality when five killings happened,” Kumar said.

Stating that both the accused (Pandher and Koli) were subjected to polygraph test, psychological assessment test, brain mapping and narco analysis test, Kumar said the investigation has revealed that Pandher was dependent on alcohol and regularly solicited women for sexual pleasure, but was not a “psychopath”.

Scientific approach had to be adopted to crack the case as there were no witness to the serial killings, Kumar said adding that Koli, who confessed of committing murders, had also reconstructed before experts at the AIIMS here the way in which he murdered all of them.

He gave a live demonstration about how he used to cut the cadaver, dismembered the bodies and disposed them of. We have videographed this and this is good evidence, Kumar said.

“Koil was fully conscious at the time of the alleged commission of crime and also aware of the consequences of the act. The board of experts have opined that there is nothing to suggest from the assessment that he is not fit to stand the trial.”

Kumar said Pandher, who according to experts does not suffer from any psychotic disorder or any other psychiatric illness, had no inkling about the murders and had even employed a private detective agent to track down Payal, a call girl with whom he had an intimate relationship and was allegedly killed by Koli.

He said Koli broke down during interrogation after they showed him the mobile phone of Payal, which he had used for some time after murdering her.

The CBI has also chargesheeted a dismissed Uttar Pradesh policewoman, Simranjit Kaur, in connection with the Nithari killings.

She was arrested on Wednesday evening, was also named as co-accused in the chargesheet for having allegedly helped in covering up the case. Kaur has been slapped with various sections of prevention of corruption act for having allegedly abused her official position.

The CBI had claimed that she allegedly took gifts and gratifications for herself and other persons from accused Moninder Singh and framed “incorrect records” to save him and his servant Surinder Koli from legal proceedings.

The Nithari killings were unearthed last December near the Delhi suburb of Noida.

Skulls and bones of more than 20 children were discovered from a drain outside Pandher’s house. The CBI had registered 19 cases in connection with the serial killings.

Biological materials recovered from the premises included intestines, liver, kidneys, abdomen parts and other body parts. However, according to investigation and expert opinion no evidence of organ trade was found to be involved.

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