In­dian court sen­tences pair to death over se­rial killings

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New Delhi, In­dia - An In­dian court on Mon­day sen­tenced a busi­ness­man and his ser­vant to death for the mur­der of a woman at a man­sion dubbed the ‘House of Hor­rors’, where 18 other vic­tims were found butchered.

Monin­der Singh Pand­her and his groundskeeper Surinder Koli were found guilty at the week­end of the rape and mur­der of 20 year old Pinki Sarkar, whose skele­ton was found along with other hu­man re­mains near Pand­her’s house out­side New Delhi in 2006.

Her mur­der was de­scribed in court as the ‘rarest of the rare’, a cri­te­rion for the pass­ing of the death sen­tence in In­dia.

“The pros­e­cu­tion pre­sented a wa­ter­tight case against the ac­cused and the judg­ment is ap­pro­pri­ate,” R K Gaur, a spokesman for In­dia’s fed­eral Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, told AFP.

Pand­her and Koli had been sen­tenced to death in 2009 for the killing of a 14 year old girl, but the busi­ness­man was cleared by a higher court months later.

The grisly killing spree sparked na­tion­wide out­rage as po­lice re­cov­ered skulls, bones and the de­com­pos­ing re­mains of miss­ing per­sons from a sewer next to Pand­her’s home in Noida out­side the cap­i­tal. Most of the vic­tims were chil­dren and women from nearby slums.

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