Nithari kand was one of the most horrific and gruesome cases of 2006. Noida (Delhi) has a village named Nithari. In this case, several horrible crimes were committed, including sexual assault, murder, cannibalism, and attempted necrophilia—the brutality and uniqueness of the crimes made this case stand out. In 2005 and 2006, a series of disappearances of children (both boys and girls) and teenagers from the Nithari village brought the case to light. An investigation of this case eventually led to the discovery of Moninder Singh Pandher’s bungalow, which led to the unravelling of the disappearance mystery of the Nithari village one step at a time.
Background Of Nithari Case
The year 2003
Sector 31 of Noida’s Nithari village was reported missing by an unusually large number of women and children. As a domestic helper of Moninder Singh Pandher, a businessman and owner of bungalow number D-5, Surinder Koli predated the disappearance of women and children in the area. The victims filed many missing person reports with the police, but nothing was done. Several residents complained that local officials had ignored them on numerous occasions, so they sought the assistance of former Resident Welfare Association (RWA) President S C Mishra.
On February 8, 2005, Rimpa Haldar, a 14-year-old girl, disappeared. Her parents repeatedly failed to file a missing person report for her daughter with the police.
Some boys found a hand in a plastic bag in a drain behind D-5. The incident was reported to the police, who declared the hand was of an animal. They told the people to forget about it because nothing was wrong with it. The testimony of prosecution witnesses 23 and 24, which are available in court records, supports this claim. Residents have accused the police of corruption and association with the wealthy. An independent investigation has been requested. One of the residents said the police were taking credit for uncovering the dead, but the residents dug them up. The police denied finding 15 bodies. They repeated that skulls, bones, and other body parts had been found but could not estimate the number of casualties. DNA tests revealed the victims’ identities and numbers. Cops then blocked the residence and barred reporters from approaching the crime scene.
Facts Of The Case
- During the week of May 7, 2006, a girl named Payal said she would go to the Moninder Singh Pandher residence, but she later became missing. Her father searched for her in D-5, where Pandher and his servant Koli lived. Payal was not in Noida that day, and Koli denied her knowledge.
- A police officer refused to file a report about And Lal’s missing daughter when he went to the police station. In June 2006, he sought the assistance of the former Noida SSP after visiting the police and Pandher for a month.
- Nand Lal’s complaint about his missing daughter was registered, and the SSP launched an investigation. Payal’s phone was still in use, and police tracked it down. They found Koli, who had called Payal the day before she went missing, by checking the call history for Payal’s phone number.
- Police arrested Koli for further investigation, but Pandher quickly released him. The police were unable to uncover anything noteworthy that could have led them to Payal’s location, but Koli’s involvement in the case was evident.
- On October 7, 2006, Nand Lal approached the court after dissatisfaction with the police investigation. The judge ordered that the police investigate the case. Officers discovered many plastic bags filled with human skeletons in the sewer behind the cottage during their investigation.
- Pandher, the bungalow owner, and his helper Koli were arrested on December 29, 2006. More skeletons were discovered in the drain on December 30, 2006. There was little evidence found against any suspect.
- The mere discovery of skeletons was not enough to convict them of murder. However, people across the country became outraged and demanded justice in response to the finding.
- Payal’s case has revealed information about Nithari’s missing children and teenagers. On January 11, 2007, the Uttar Pradesh government turned over the matter to the CBI under public pressure.
Koli’s Shocking Confession
After 60 days in police custody, the CBI could not find any evidence against Koli. They applied to the Magistrate on February 27 2007, to have Koli’s confession recorded, indicating he was willing to confess. The magistrate recorded his confession. Koli described how he lured the victims (nine female children, two male youngsters, and five adult women) into the bungalow, murdered them, attempted to have sex with the dead bodies, sliced the dead bodies, ate the body parts, and threw the remains down a drain at the back of the bungalow.
In his confession, Koli worked at Pandher’s residence as a servant. Rather than living with his family in Chandigarh, Pandar lived alone in the bungalow. In addition to them, Pandher employed another domestic named Maya Sarkar, a gardener, and two drivers in his home. Koli killed all the victims in the drawing-room between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. After each killing, he transported the bodies upstairs to a bathroom and chopped them up. He would leave the bathroom in this state and only clean up the bathroom and drawing room after he had eaten some of the body parts. There’s no way Pandher or any of his employees saw any of these things during any of the murders. They were not called as witnesses at the trial.
Observation Of The Expert Committee
An expert committee reviewed the district authorities’ investigative report and concluded that the manner of the murder and the motive were unclear. The committee’s findings are as follows:
- There is no type or pattern of picking in the victim selection process, which is the characteristic of serial killers.
- The drain behind and in front of the house is not deep and contains stagnant water. The bodies would have remained. Oddly enough, there was no mention of foul odours caused by decomposition.
- The accused confessed that the murder took place during the day. Strangely, no one saw the bodies being disposed of.
- A body usually disintegrates over three years. In 2006, there were deaths, but only bones and a skull were found.
- Torsos were disposed of separately by the accused, discovered only after a search was conducted under CBI surveillance.
Suspicions Of Child Pornography Racket
Investigation teams seized sexual material and a laptop computer connected to a webcam, raising concerns about the presence of an international child pornography enterprise. During his four international visits, the authorities also recovered photos of Pandher with naked youngsters and foreigners. It was suspected that Pandher supplied these images abroad, which may implicate him in paedophilia.
Suspicions Of Organ Trade And Cannibalism
The police assumed an organ trade motive for the killings and raided the home of a doctor who lived in the same neighbourhood as the key suspect. A team of forensic professionals joined a team of authorities to gather potential evidence for testing. Police revealed that the doctor had been accused of a similar crime in 1998 but had been acquitted by the court the following year. It was the second raid in a matter of days.
Police, on the other hand, were wary of news headlines indicting the accused of cannibalism before the polygraph tests had even begun. When they discovered that one of the accused had confessed to consuming the livers and other body parts of the victims, they were shocked. The investigators, however, did not entirely rule out such a scenario, given the degree of brutality the two allegedly committed against the victims.
It will be easier to gain an understanding of the processes and decisions of the Nithari case by reviewing its timeline-
The year 2006
Skeletons were found in a sewer below bungalow number D-5 in Sector 31 of Noida’s Nithari village, which sparked the Nithari case. The two main suspects were Moninder Singh Pandher’s owner and his servant, Surinder Koli.
In the drain, there were more skeletons found.
Due to failure to perform their duties, two police officers were suspended.
The year 2007
The Uttar Pradesh government has suspended
- ‘Piyush Mordia,’ the then-SSP (Gautam Buddh Nagar district)
- ‘Saumitra Yadav,’ the then-additional S.P. of Noida.
- ‘Sewak Ram Yadav,’ a former circle officer.
- Six suspended sub-inspectors were fired.
U.P. Police took Pandher and Koli to Gandhinagar for narcoanalysis tests.
The case was referred to the CBI for investigation.
First CBI team arrives in Nithari to conduct an investigation. Another 30 bones have been found near Pandher’s cottage.
Pandher and Koli were questioned by the CBI.
The UP government submitted a report was submitted to the NHRC by UP government. (National Human Rights Commission)
Pandher and Koli received 14 days of CBI custody from a Special CBI court.
The year 2009
Koli was sentenced to death by the Special CBI court for the rape and murder of Rimpa Haldar, one of many victims.
Pandher and Koli were sentenced to death by the trial court. The Allahabad High Court upheld Koli’s death sentence, but Pandher was freed.
The year 2010
The Supreme Court stayed Koli’s execution.
The year 2014
Former president Pranab Mukherjee rejected Koli’s mercy petition.
The court postponed Koli’s execution at 1:00 a.m. The execution was scheduled for September 12 in Meerut jail.
Koli’s execution has been temporarily stayed until October 29 by the Supreme Court.
Chief Justice H.L. Dattu of the Supreme Court denied the petition, saying the court made no errors in its decision.
The year 2015
Koli’s death sentence was carried out by a division bench composed of Chief Justice Chandrachud and Justice Baghel. According to the explanation given, “it would be unconstitutional due to the excessive delay in deciding mercy petitions.”
An NGO called the People’s Union for Democratic Rights filed a PIL asserting that three years and three months had elapsed since Koli’s mercy petition had been decided and that the execution of the death sentence would violate Article 21 of the Constitution.
The year 2017
Pandher and Koli were convicted by the CBI, and their sentences will be handed down on July 24.
In the Pinky Sarkar case, the CBI sentenced Pandher and Koli to rape and murder.
It is the eighth of the 16 murder cases in the Nithari case in which a verdict has been rendered. Eight of the cases have yet to be decided. Families are still waiting for justice nearly eleven years after the case was originally brought to light…
Is Moninder Singh Pandher Alive?
In the Nithari crimes case, serial killer Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic helper Surinder Koli were convicted to death in connection with one of 16 murder charges.
Today, a special CBI court handed down the punishment in the rape and murder of a 25-year-old maid. Koli was found guilty in nine out of 16 cases.
It was also the third case in which Pandher and Koli were convicted yesterday. According to CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal, Koli and Pandher have been sentenced to death by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad.
Where Is Surinder Koli Now
Koli has been jailed in Dasna since December 2006 and represents himself in court in Ghaziabad.
Surinder Koli Family
Surinder Koli’s mother met him for the first time in eight years on Thursday, eight years after he was imprisoned for the Nithari serial killings.
Today, Kanti Koli, 68, met Surinder at Meerut jail for 45 minutes after travelling from Mangrukhlal village in Almora, Uttarakhand.
Surinder told Kanti that he was a scapegoat to save prominent individuals, presumably referring to his boss Moninder Singh Pandher.
In addition, Kanti stated, “If Pandher is not sentenced to death, my son should also be spared. If my kid is hanged, so should Pandher.”
Surinder Koli, 42, was sentenced to death by a lower court for the murder of Rimpa Halder in 2005, a sentence upheld by the Allahabad High Court and confirmed by the Supreme Court on February 15, 2011. He was to be hanged on September 12 at Meerut jail, where he was held in a high-security barracks.
The Supreme Court postponed the execution of his death sentence by one week on September 8. Kanti claimed that Surinder was the scapegoat in the case and that Pandher was the real culprit since the killings took place within his home.
“I do not believe my child could have committed this act,” the grieving mother said. Narayan Singh Rawat and other village members accompanied her as she met Koli for the first time in eight years.
The victims Of Nithari Kand Killings
The only adult victim of the serial killings was a call girl. The majority of victims were young women. Of the 17 sets of skulls and bones recovered, 11 of the victims were girls, according to post mortem reports. Doctors at the Noida Government Hospital reported chopping the bodies with “butcher-like precision.” The post-mortem reports revealed the killings followed a pattern. On February 6, 2007, the AIIMS revealed a shocking revelation. 19 skulls were found, 16 of which were intact and 3 of which were damaged. Surender Koli, the servant, had cut the bodies into three pieces before disposing of them. According to CBI sources, the manservant would sever the victims’ heads and throw them into the drain beneath his employer’s house after strangling them. He disposed of the viscera in a drain after placing it in a polythene bag to avoid detection. The skulls and other biomaterial remains were sent to Hyderabad’s Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics for further analysis.
A class VI dropout, Koli worked as a domestic helper at businessman Moninder Singh Pandher in Noida. Over a one-and-a-half-year period, he is accused of sexually assaulting and killing 16 children and three women at Noida’s Sector-31 residence. In the first 19 Nithari cases, Koli was convicted of raping and killing 14-year-old Rimpa Halder.
The man is accused of luring minors – both girls and boys – to his boss’s home, Moninder Singh Pandher. Pandar abused the victims before handing them over to Koli, who then abused them before killing them. After separating the severed portions into separate bags, he dumped the remains in nearby sewers.
Koli was arrested by the law on December 29, 2006, following multiple reports of vanished children in Nithari villages. As a result of the police investigation, fifteen human skulls, bone fragments, and clothing fragments were recovered from the sewer under bungalow number D-5, where Koli worked.
According to police, Koli rarely expressed regret during interrogation, but he did become upset when questioned about his three-year-old daughter Simran.
Koli worked at various jobs, skinned animals for a living, and occasionally ate raw meat before arriving in Delhi. In Delhi, his first job was washing kitchenware at a shabby motel.
From 1993 to 1998, he was a cook at the home of a retired brigadier in Sector 29, Noida. In 1998, he returned to his village to marry. Within a month of his marriage, he fled home again. He left his wife, Shanti, behind in Noida.
After working for a retired army major for six years, he was introduced to businessman Moninder Singh Pandher. Soon after, he quit his job to work at Pandher’s mansion.
Moninder Singh Pandher
Appearances can be deceiving. Friends and family of Moninder Singh Pandher, a 55-year-old industrialist who, together with his chef, was implicated in Rimpa Halder’s murder and attempted rape, would agree with the proverb.
Pandher’s friends and relatives had no reason to suspect anything about the awful events at his Noida house. Former classmates from Bishop Cotton School in Shimla were shocked by the news of Pandher’s crime.
Pandher, or “Goldy,” as he was affectionately known, had always been a pleasing and delightful man to them. Pandher was born into a wealthy business family in Punjab, attended St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, and inherited a flourishing family business.
Investigators, on the other hand, have a different perspective. Pander is said to have had a difficult childhood. His marriage also failed. He had been living alone in the D-5 residence in Noida for years.
Devinder Kaur, his wife, and their son Karandeep lived separately in Chandigarh’s home. Pandher would visit his family from time to time.
According to the police, he led a lavish lifestyle. He played golf, drank, and read about nightmares during his free time. Previously, he visited Los Angeles, Switzerland, Dubai, Canada, and China. His two-story bungalow is on the first floor. His servant Surendra Kohli lived on the first floor.
Following Pandher’s arrest, police led reporters inside the D-5 residence to find vintage wine bottles, golf equipment, and expensive furniture. The police seized laptops and C.D.s from Pandher’s home, alleging they contained images of him posing with naked teenagers.
Many young lives could have been saved if Noida Police had listened to Nithari villagers. When Pandher lived in Noida, there were allegations that he kept the cops happy.
After being arrested before December 29, 2006, for his participation in the disappearance of children from the same area, he allegedly paid Rs 2.5 lakh to a gazetted rank official.
One Alleged Serial killer Undergoes Narco Analysis Test
January 8, 2007
Forensics experts are available in Gandhinagar. One of the suspected serial killers, Surendra, had a narcoanalysis test on Monday, while the other suspect, Moninder Singh Pandher, was deemed medically fit for the test. Gandhinagar’s Forensic Sciences Laboratory gave Surendra the test.
Moninder Singh, his businessman master, was not forced to take the exam after complaining of health difficulties late Sunday and was hospitalized. Moninder Singh was discharged on Monday after his blood sugar level was checked, and he complained of slight chest pain. Due to Moninder’s health issues, Surendra went through the narco test first. According to a top police official in Noida, Moninder will be tested soon.
As part of the investigation into the horrible killings of many children in Noida after being allegedly sexually abused, both men were flown to Ahmedabad on Friday morning and transferred to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory for lie detection, brain mapping, and narcoanalysis tests. Both have been subjected to brain mapping and lie detection tests.
Police in Noida questioned Moninder Singh’s maid, Maya Sarkar, and her husband. Maya has been living in Sector 31 for almost a year. ‘We’re questioning both of them because we feel they could be key witnesses in the case,’ said a senior police official. He declined to reveal any information on the investigations.
Police also sealed Moninder Singh’s D-5 home before turning over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). ‘We are not allowing anyone into the residence except forensic experts from Agra,’ police added. Since December 29, at least 20 children’s skeletal remains, slippers, and ragged garments had been retrieved from a drain below Moninder Singh’s residence.
The Family Says The Serial Killer Suspect Is 'No Monster.'
January 7, 2007
The wife and son of a businessman accused of raping and murdering children in a case that has stirred an uproar in India insisted Tuesday that he was not a monster and had been framed.
Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant, Surender Kohli, were questioned by police for a second day yesterday, using truth serum or sodium panthenol to determine the cause and an exact number of homicides.
Karan Pandher, Pandher’s son, told reporters that his father should not be found guilty before a fair trial. “Do not accuse him at this time. He’s only a suspect. He is not a monstrous creature. Have a heart, please. He’s got a family. He’s the father of a son, “According to Karan Pandher. “If my father is proven guilty — and this is difficult for me to say — he should receive the harshest sentence possible. He should face the death penalty. “In an interview with the private Zee News network, he stated.
“The people of Nithari, children and my father need justice. However, my father has yet to receive a fair trial, “Karan stated. He said that their family business had suffered due to the litigation. “No one wants to do business with us anymore. I want to assure everyone that we are not horrible people.”
Moninder Pandher’s wife also backed her husband and rejected media claims that the couple lived apart due to disputes. “He is not guilty in any way. This notion of children is nonsense. He’s being set up. There is no truth to it. “Devinder Kaur revealed this to Zee network.
An autopsy report revealed the 17 bodies, mainly of teenage girls from underprivileged families, recovered near Pandher’s residence last week had been sliced with “butcher-like” precision. The victims lived in Nithari hamlet in the wealthy Noida city near New Delhi and had been missing for three years.
Residents claim that at least 38 people, mostly children, have vanished from the area and that police have ignored their reports that the children are missing. The killings have taken up the front pages of every newspaper.
Under the headline “Cannibal Surendra?” the Times of India newspaper reported yesterday that the accused Kohli had admitted eating his victims’ livers and having sex with dead bodies. The source of information was not revealed in the report.
According to the Indian Express, investigators suspected Pandher of being involved in an international pornography ring after discovering images of naked toddlers and proof that he had taken multiple foreign travels.
The police department dismissed the press reports as hypothetical and refused to provide details about investigations that had been turned over to the federal Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). “The matter has been handed over to the CBI. We are unable to speak at this time. The media reports are based on conjecture, “Dinesh Yadav, an investigating official, stated. “I’m not sure how the media came to this conclusion when the narco analysis test on the accused has only just begun,” Noida Senior Superintendent of Police R K S Rathore remarked. “It is far too early and premature to make any statements at this time. However, given the obvious depravity and brutality, we do not rule out any option.”
Police previously stated that they were investigating if the victims were murdered so that their organs, such as kidneys, might be sold. However, a local medical expert has ruled it out. “The removal of the kidneys from a human body is a very sensitive procedure that must be performed on a person with a beating heart so that the blood circulation process can continue. A dead person’s kidney cannot be removed, “According to Diwakar Dalela, head of the urology department at King George’s Medical University in Lucknow. “Well, unless the youngsters were first taken to a well-equipped operating room for kidney removal and then done to death, the question of organ transplant could not arise,” he explained. “In any event, organ transplantation necessitates a slew of prerequisites, including blood and kidney compatibility between the donor and recipient. Aside from that, no Indian hospital has the capability of preserving a kidney for more than three to four hours.”
The accused will also be subjected to lie-detection tests and brain mapping to determine their reaction to images of the victims, but the results of those tests and the results of the truth serum tests will not be admissible in court. The tests will mostly be used to point investigators in the right direction. Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the ruling Congress Party, paid a visit to the area where most of the victims were born and met with their relatives yesterday. Gandhi called the killings “cruel” and “barbaric” and slammed the Uttar Pradesh state administration, where elections are set to take place later this year, saying “there is no law and order.”