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Nithari Killings Case: Unraveling a Dark Chapter of Injustice

Nithari Killings Case: In the annals of criminal history, the Nithari case is a chilling tale of unspeakable horrors that unfolded in Noida, near Delhi, between 2005 and 2006. The “Nithari Killings Case,” one of the most gruesome and shocking cases of serial murder and rape in India’s history, has taken a drastic turn. With the release of the accused Surender Koli (40) and Moninder Singh Pandher by Allahabad HC Court on Monday, October 16, 2023, citing “lack of evidence.”

Nithari Killings Case: Reign of Terror

The case involved the abduction, sexual abuse, and brutal murder of children and young women by two men, Surinder Koli and Moninder Singh Pandher, in the Nithari locality of Noida, Uttar Pradesh, between 2005 and 2006. The case came to light in December 2006 when human remains were found in a drain near Pandher’s house, where Koli worked as a domestic help. Koli was accused of luring innocent children to the Pandher residence with the promise of sweets and chocolates, only to subject them to unimaginable horrors. The police recovered skeletons and other belongings of some of the missing girls from the drain. The two men were arrested and charged with 19 cases of murder, abduction, rape, and destruction of evidence. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed chargesheets in 16 cases. The diabolical crimes remained shrouded in secrecy until the gruesome discovery of skeletal remains and children’s clothing in 2006 sent shockwaves through the nation.

The Acquittal

Koli was charged with murder, abduction, rape, and destruction of evidence though the latter was charged majorly for immoral trafficking. Later, a trial court also charged Pandher with rape and murder cases, out of which he was given death sentences for 3 cases.

The Allahabad High Court recently acquitted Pandher and Koli, the two central figures in this harrowing saga, citing a “lack of evidence.” The acquittal has reignited discussions about the adequacy of the legal process and the quality of the investigation in this case.

Nithari Killings Case: Timeline of Tragedy

Let’s get into the events that led to this shocking acquittal and the case’s long and complex history.

  • The Nithari case was a series of murders and sexual abuse in Noida, near Delhi, between 2005 and 2006.
  • The main suspects were Moninder Singh Pandher, a businessman, and Surinder Koli, his domestic helper.
  • The victims were mostly children and young women from poor families who had gone missing from the area.
  • The case came to light in December 2006 when human remains were found in a drain near Pandher’s house.
  • Koli admitted to sexually abusing and killing six children and a young woman named Payal.
  • The police arrested Pandher and Koli and charged them with 19 cases of murder, abduction, rape, and destruction of evidence.
  • The CBI filed charge sheets in 16 cases, and a special CBI court convicted and sentenced both Pandher and Koli to death in several cases.
  • The Allahabad High Court acquitted Koli in 12 cases and Pandher in two cases on October 16, 2023, citing “lack of evidence”.
  • The acquittals sparked outrage among the victims’ families and the public, who demanded justice and accountability.
  • The CBI said it would challenge the acquittals in the Supreme Court.

The Nithari Killings case, a horrifying chapter of injustice, unfolded in Noida between 2005 and 2006. Innocent children and young women were subjected to unimaginable horrors, and the case came to light in 2006 when human remains were discovered. Surinder Koli and Moninder Singh Pandher were charged with 19 cases of murder, abduction, rape, and evidence destruction. After a long and complex legal battle, the Allahabad High Court acquitted them on October 16, 2023, citing a “lack of evidence.” This shocking acquittal has raised questions about the legal process and the quality of the investigation, leaving victims’ families and the public demanding justice and accountability. The case’s history is a tragic reminder of the need for a thorough and just legal system.

 

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Andrew has been in the online publishing industry. After receiving his degree in professional journalism from the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, he contributed to multiple websites as a freelance writer and feature editor. Mostly, Andrew tackles controversies and theories that lead to a specific conclusion that either debunk or justify a particular claim. Further, Andrew participates in social developments that aim to simplify every individual's way of life and fight for peace. He is the new Editor-in-Chief of Pressroom Today.

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