Nithari killings: Koli, Pandher convicted for rape, murder

February 12th, 2009 - 5:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, Feb 12 (IANS) In the first of the Nithari case judgments, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court Thursday convicted businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surendra Koli for raping and killing 14-year-old Rimpa Haldar.
Special judge Rama Jain will pronounce the quantum of punishment Friday morning.

While both Pandher and Koli were found guilty of murder and rape, Koli was also booked under the additional charge of abduction. Pandher was found guilty for destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy.

The two men were arrested Dec 29, 2006, after the Noida police found 15 skulls outside the businessman’s D-5 bungalow in Noida on the outskirts of the national capital.

Subsequently, more bones were recovered from 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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