Nithari killings: Justice has been served after a decade has passed in the horrific crime spree that took place in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Moninder Singh Pandher who was convicted in the Pinki Sarkar rape and murder case along with his domestic help Surinder Koli have been given a death sentence by the CBI court in Ghaziabad. 20-year-old Pinki Sarkar was raped and then murdered by the two back in 2006. According to an ANI report, the CBI court has considered the case as ‘rarest of the rare’. The bench of the court on Sunday found prime accused Moninder Singh Pandher and his helper Surinder Koli guilty.
Nithari case pertains to the horrific acts that were carried by the two convicts where the police during the investigation found skulls and bones of 16 people near Pandher’s house in this Noida village. A case under sections 302, 376, 364, 201 and 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered by the police on December 29, 2006. Both Pandher and his domestic help Surinder Koli have confessed to charges of raping, killing and even cannibalism. Domestic help Surinder Koli has already been convicted of five murders and was sentenced to death which was later changed to a life sentence by the Supreme Court on September 7, 2014, according to the report.
Here are the timeline of the Nithari killings-
December 29: Eight skeletal remains of children were discovered from the drain of a house in Nithari, Noida after which the Nithari case came to light. Prime suspects included- house owner Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surinder Koli who were then arrested.
December 30: More skeletons were found in the drains.
December 31: Two police constables were suspended under political pressure, according to reports.
January 5: Extensive narco-analysis test were conducted by the Uttar Pradesh police in Gandhinagar on the two accused
January 7: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took charge of the case
January 11: Probe initiated by CBI at the Nithari village which led to the revelation of more bones near the Pandher house
January 12: The accused were quizzed by the CBI
January 20: The UP government then filed a report to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
February 8: Pandher and Koli were sent to 14 days of CBI custody by the special CBI court
February 12: NHRC forms a committee to study the matters of the case
March 22: First chart sheet filed by CBI in the Ghaziabad court. Lesser charges were slapped on Moninder Singh Pandher while Koli was charged for committing all the murders besides kidnap rape.
May 1: Parents of three victims who were killed by the two accused moved to the court against the CBI for letting off main accused Pandher.
May 11: Ghaziabad court asks CBI to probe Pandher`s role in the killings.
September 6: Body of Jatin Sarkar who was the father of one of the victims in the Nithari serial killings was recovered from a river in West Bengal`s Murshidabad district.
November 1: SC issued a notice to the CBI on the allegation by a relative that they were trying to shield Pandher.
December 13: Special CBI Court in Ghaziabad frames charges against Pandher for the rape and murder of two teenagers
February 12: Pandher and Koli were pronounced guilty of rape and murder by the special judge of CBI
February 13: Pandher and Koli sentenced to death by a special court for rape and murder of 14-year-old Rimpa Halder, one of 19 victims in the Nithari serial killings.
September 11: Allahabad HC upholds death sentence of Surinder Koli and acquits Pandher in Rimpa Haldhar murder case.
September 14: Court issued death warrant against Koli in Nithari case
July 22: CBI court convicts Moninder Pandher, Surinder Koli
July 24: CBI Court in Ghaziabad gives death sentence to Moninder Singh Pandher in Pinki Sarkar case.