The Nithari Killings : Allahabad HC acquits Surinder Kohli and Mohinder Singh Pandher

The Allahabad High Court on Monday acquitted high suspect Surinder Koli in 12 cases concerning the 2005- 2006 Noida periodical murders case( Nithari case). In all 12 cases, he’d been awarded the death penalty by the trial court.

allahabad HC acquits surinder kohli and mohinder singh pandher
( Left : Mohinder singh pandher, Right : Surinder Singh Koli )

On the other hand, another suspect, Moninder Singh Pandher has also been acquitted by the Court in two cases in which he was doomed to death by the trial court.

With this, a bench of Justice Ashwani Kumar Mishra and Justice Syed Aftab Husain Rizvi allowed the prayers filed by Pandher and Koli after reserving the judgment in the cases last month. A detailed judgment is awaited.

While Koli was handed death rulings in 12 cases before, Pandher too, had been doomed to death in 2 cases by the trial courts.

It’s believed that the ignominious Nithari murders were committed between 2005 and 2006. The matter came to light when in December 2006, investigations were set up in a drain near a house in Nithari, Noida.

Latterly, it was set up that Moninder Pander is the proprietor of the house and Koli was his domestic help and hence, both were intertwined in the FIRs.

The CBI registered a aggregate of 16 cases, charge sheeting Koli in all of them for murder, hijacking , and rape besides destruction of substantiation, and Pandher in one for immoral trafficking. The Ghaziabad court, still, summoned Pandher in five other cases after several victims’ families approached it.

As per the CBI, Koli had killed several girls by mincing off their bodies to pieces before throwing them in the drain outside their house. They used to cut their bodies into pieces, cook them and eat them with alcohol. 

THE NITHARI KILLINGS (THE CASE)

The Nithari killings refer to a harrowing and notorious series of murders and abductions that shook Noida, a satellite city of Delhi, India, between 2005 and 2006. The case exposed the depths of human depravity and the failings of the criminal justice system.

The horrors began to unravel in December 2006 when residents of Nithari, a quiet locality in Noida, noticed a foul odor emanating from a drain. Investigations led to the shocking discovery of the skeletal remains and personal belongings of missing children and women, mostly from impoverished backgrounds. These victims had fallen prey to a psychopathic duo, Surinder Koli and Moninder Singh Pandher, who lured, raped, and brutally murdered them. Koli worked as Pandher’s domestic help, making it easier to carry out their heinous acts.

The Nithari killings exposed systemic failures in the police force, with a lackluster response to missing persons reports and insensitivity toward marginalized victims. The case also highlighted the issue of human trafficking and the vulnerability of the poor and marginalized in India.

Subsequent investigations, trials, and public outrage led to the conviction of both perpetrators. Surinder Koli received the death penalty, and Moninder Singh Pandher was sentenced to life in prison. The Nithari killings remain a haunting chapter in India’s criminal history, a stark reminder of the need for improved law enforcement, better safeguards for vulnerable populations, and a more compassionate society.

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