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Nithari killings: Pandher, Koli guilty of murder, rape
Parmindar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ghaziabad, February 12
A CBI court today held Punjabi businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surinder Koli, both accused in the Nithari serial killings, guilty of murder and rape of a 14-year-old girl, who was one of the 19 victims. Also, the decision left the CBI red faced, as it had given a cleat chit to the entrepreneur.

The quantum of punishment, however, would be pronounced tomorrow. The sentence could be death by hanging or life imprisonment.

Pandher (55) and Koli (38), who have been in judicial custody since January 2007, were produced in the jam-packed court of Rama Jain, special CBI Judge, who pronounced the duo guilty of murder, rape, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence.

The CBI filed charge sheet in this case on May 19, 2007, in which the agency had, while giving clean chit to Pandher, charged Koli of raping and murdering Rimpa Halder at the house of the businessman at Nithari in Noida on the outskirts of Delhi. Rimpa was first of the victims brutally killed on February 8, 2005, and her body was found hacked. Koli was suffering from necrophilia (having sex with dead bodies) and also charged with cannibalism (eating human flesh).

Anil Halder, father of the victim, said: “We had full faith in the judiciary. Now, we hope the court will pronounce a tough sentence for them.”

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