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The Nithari Killings: Accused Acquitted Due to Lack of Evidence after 17 years

The serial killings took place at Moninder Singh Pandher’s home in Nithari area of Uttar Pradesh’s Noida between 2005 and 2006.

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This article explores the legal complexities, public outrage, and the impact on the victims’ families, shedding light on a case that continues to haunt the Indian justice system.

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Introduction

The Allahabad High Court has made a decision regarding the infamous Nithari killings. The prime accused, Surinder Koli, has been acquitted in 12 cases where he was previously given a penalty by a trial court. Additionally, Moninder Singhs Pandher, the co-accused, has also been acquitted in two cases. This decision was made due to a lack of evidence.

The Nithari Killings

The serial killings occurred at Moninder Singh Pandher’s home in the Nithari area of Uttar Pradesh’s Noida between 2005 and 2006. Surinder Koli worked as a helper at Pandher’s home. It is alleged that Koli would lure children into the house, where he and Pandher would rape and murder them.

Discovery of the Crimes

The case came to light when neighbors found body parts of a missing child in a drain near Pandher’s home. This led to an investigation that uncovered a series of gruesome murders of several more children. As a result, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the case and filed 19 cases against Pandher and Koli in 2007.

The Verdict

Surinder Koli was found guilty of the rape and murder of several children at his employer’s house. He had previously confessed to engaging in sexual acts with the victims’ bodies and even consuming their body parts. However, the recent decision by the Allahabad High Court has acquitted both Koli and Pandher due to a lack of evidence.

Impact of the Verdict

As a result of this verdict, the sentences of both Koli and Pandher have been canceled. This means that they are no longer considered guilty of the crimes they were previously convicted for.

Conclusion

The Nithari killings were a horrifying series of crimes that shocked the nation. While the prime accused, Surinder Koli, and his co-accused, Moninder Singhs Pandher, were initially convicted, they have now been acquitted due to a lack of evidence. This decision by the Allahabad High Court has brought an unexpected twist to this tragic case.

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