Re­mains of 18 vic­tims found Pair had sex with the corpses They ate body parts as well

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST news@sun­

A WEALTHY busi­ness­man and his ser­vant have both been sen­tenced to death for the rape and mur­der of a 20-year-old woman, whose skele­ton was found with the bod­ies of 18 other vic­tims.

Monin­der Singh Pand­her and his groundskeeper Surinder Koli were found guilty of killing do­mes­tic worker Pinki Sarkar, who went miss­ing back in Oc­to­ber 2006.

As well as Ms Sarkar’s re­mains, po­lice found nearly 70 bags stuffed with hu­man re­mains in sew­ers in Nithari, a vil­lage in the state of Ut­tar Pradesh out­side New Delhi.

The men are ac­cused of killing and rap­ing nu­mer­ous chil­dren and women from the slums close to Pand­her’s man­sion – dubbed the “house of hor­rors” – be­fore dump­ing them in nearby drains.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say Koli lured vic­tims as young as three into the house where they were raped and mur­dered.

Ser­vant Koli also al­legedly con­fessed to rap­ing the corpses and eat­ing hu­man re­mains.

He has been sen­tenced to death for six other mur­der charges, and faces charges for nine fur­ther mur­ders.

Pand­her is fac­ing four more mur­der charges.


The pair were sen­tenced to death in 2009 for the killing of a 14-year-old girl, how­ever Pand­her was cleared by a higher court a few months later.

Six po­lice of­fi­cers were sacked in 2007 for neg­li­gence over their han­dling of the case, prompt­ing In­dia’s fed­eral bureau to take over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Slum res­i­dents, who say po­lice ig­nored their com­plaints, re­port that 40 peo­ple – mostly chil­dren – have gone miss­ing since 2004.

GUILTY: Surinder Koli ( above) and Monin­der Singh Pand­her ( right)

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