KOLI FOUND GUILTY IN FIFTH NITHARI CASE

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - NATION - Peeyush Khan­del­wal

GHAZI­ABAD: In a fifth judg­ment re­lated to the hor­rific Nithari se­rial killings, spe­cial judge Shyam Lal on Satur­day held the ac­cused, Surinder Koli, guilty of ab­duc­tion, at­tempted rape, mur­der and de­struc­tion of ev­i­dence in a case re­lated to the killing of a five-year-old girl from the Noida lo­cal­ity.

The court is likely to pro­nounce the quantum of pun­ish­ment on Mon­day. Pre­vi­ously, four Nithari cases were de­cided at Ghazi­abad and Koli was awarded the death penalty in all.

Lal kept the iden­tity of the mi­nor girl con­fi­den­tial. Af­ter Satur­day’s or­der, CBI pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor JP Sharma told HT the pros­e­cu­tion would de­mand cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment for Koli as the crime could be well placed “un­der the cat­e­gory of rarest of rare” cases.

The vic­tim was play­ing out­side Monin­der Singh Pand­her’s house at D-5, Sec­tor 31 in Noida on June 4, 2005 when she went miss­ing be­tween 5-6pm. Her fa­ther, a sweeper, later filed a miss­ing per­son’s com­plaint at Sec­tor 20 po­lice sta­tion.

Af­ter Koli and Pand­her were ar­rested on De­cem­ber 29, 2006, Koli con­fessed to killing sev­eral vic­tims, in­clud­ing the mi­nor girl, and dis­card­ing their body parts and be­long­ings in the back­yard and in­side the front drain near the house.

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