First Nithari murder sentencing later Friday

February 13th, 2009 - 11:24 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad town will pronounce the punishment for businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surendra Koli, who have been convicted for the murder and rape of a teenage girl, later Friday.
In the first of the Nithari case verdicts, Special Judge Rama Jain Thursday convicted Pandher and Koli for raping and killing 14-year-old Rimpa Haldar four years ago.

The argument for quantum of punishment in the CBI court will begin at 11.30 a.m. Friday. The sentencing of Pandher and Koli will take place after the argument.

The two men were arrested on Dec 29, 2006, after police found 15 skulls outside the businessman’s bungalow in Noida adjacent to the national capital. The house (D-5) in Noida’s Sector 31, is next to Nithari village.

Subsequently, more bones were found in the drain behind the bungalow. Eventually, investigations revealed that the remains belonged to four women and 15 young girls who had been raped, killed and mutilated.

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