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20070323: India: Suspected serial killer charged New Delhi Serial Killer News

Authorities said Thursday that they have filed the first charges in the serial killings of 19 people in a posh New Delhi suburb, a case that outraged India after relatives of the impoverished victims said police ignored their complaints as dozens vanished over two years.

Surender Koli, the servant of a wealthy businessman, had been charged with raping and strangling a 25-year-old prostitute as well as destruction of evidence, said Arun Kumar, a joint director of the federal Central Bureau of Investigation.

Koli's boss, Moninder Singh Pandher, was charged with running a prostitution racket from the house, pressuring witnesses and bribing police officials not to investigate.

The dismembered remains of the prostitute were among those of 19 people, most of them children, found in a storm drain next to Pandher's house.

Up to 38 people disappeared during a two-year period, and nearly all the victims were from poor families working as servants in the area.

Authorities also said they arrested a policewoman, Simranjit Kaur, who is alleged to have taken bribes from Pandher to shield him and Koli from the investigation, and the CBI was brought in to take over the case.

Kaur was among the six officers fired in the initial weeks of the investigation for mishandling the case.

Officials say Koli this month confessed to killing and sexually assaulting 16 of the 19 women and children whose remains have been found. There was no word Thursday whether he would be charged in the other killings.

If convicted, Koli could face the death penalty.

Koli did not mention Pandher in his confession.

News of the killings emerged in late December, and police quickly took credit for the arrests. But residents said police had routinely ignored reports of missing people and had been forced to start investigating when human remains were spotted in the drain and the smell became overpowering.


20070322: Indian Serial Killer Suspect With Desire To Eat Bodies Is Charged New Delhi Serial Killer News
Surinder Koli, the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of at least 19 people, mostly girls, in a New Delhi suburb, was on Thursday formally charged with murder, rape and abduction.

During psycho-analytical tests, Koli had been found to suffer from sexual perversion disorders and necrophilia and necrophagia - sexual attraction to corpses and a desire to eat bodies.

Businessman Moninder Singh Pandher, for whom the suspected serial killer worked as a domestic servant and in whose house the murders took place, has been charged with conspiracy and destruction of evidence.

A police sub-inspector Simranjit Kaur was also charged in the case for allegedly accepting bribes to scuttle investigations.

India's Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) revealed details of its investigation, over more than two months, into the murders at a press in New Delhi.

Koli, during a confession while in judicial custody, had revealed he had cooked the breast of his first victim and eaten it, CIA joint director Arun Kumar told journalists.

"He also said he cooked an ate part of an arm of his second victim and tried to eat the raw liver of his third victim," he added.

Koli and Pandher were arrested in December on suspicion of sexually abusing and murdering at least 19 people in the Noida industrial area about 22 kilometres south-east of Delhi over a period of about two years.

The crime was discovered after skeletal remains were found in a storm drain behind Pandher's Noida house. Koli allegedly lured young victims to the house with sweets.

Most of the victims were children of poor migrant labourers living in the adjoining Nithari village.

Residents of the village claim that as many as 40 children have disappeared since 2004.

The CBI found no evidence that Pandher had knowledge of the murders. "Most of the crimes occurred while he was out of town or not at his residence," Kumar said.

Police used Pandher's mobile phone records to trace his whereabouts at the time of the killings.

Pandher, who regularly invited prostitutes to the house was also charged under India's immoral trafficking laws.

The police received vital clues to the murders after the disappearance of Payal, a young woman who was part of a prostitution racket and had intimate relations with Pandher, investigators said.

Payal's mobile phone was traced to Koli and her body was among those of the victims identified so far.

More than 700 pieces of skeletal and bio-materials had been recovered from Pandher's house, Kumar said. "There were 69 bags of biological materials."

These had been used to reconstruct 19 partial skeletons of which eight had been identified as victims with the help of DNA samples from the parents of missing victims. Seventeen of these victims were female, Kumar said.

TD Dogra, the doctor who headed the team that examined Koli, said, aside from suffering sexual perversion disorder, Koli was not found to have any other mental abnormalities.

"He was fully conscious at the time of the alleged crimes. There is nothing to suggest he is not fit to stand trial," Dogra said.

Kumar admitted that the crimes might have been discovered earlier but for the negligence of the Noida police. Seven local police officers were suspended in connection with the case that has sparked widespread outrage over the police's apparent indifference to complaints by poor people.

Koli and Pandher are being held in solitary confinement in Delhi's maximum-security Tihar jail as a means of protecting them from possible attacks by fellow inmates.

In January, the two were beaten up by lawyers and bystanders during a court appearance in Ghaziabad district of northern Uttar Pradesh state adjoining Noida in January.

Earlier this week, India's parliament called for new laws to protect children in the wake of the gruesome killings.

20070322: Indian federal investigators lay out charges against alleged serial killers New Delhi Serial Killer News
Indian investigators have charged a servant with allegedly raping and killing a prostitute, and the man's boss with using his house as a brothel and bribing police officers, authorities said Thursday.

The charges were the first in the serial killings of 19 people in a posh New Delhi suburb, a case that prompted widespread outrage in India after relatives of the victims said police ignored their complaints that up to 38 people had gone missing over two years. Nearly all victims were from poor families working as servants in the area.

India's federal Central Bureau of Investigation was quickly called in to take over the case, and on Thursday the agency said Surender Koli had been charged with raping and strangling a 25-year-old prostitute, Payal, who used only one name, said Arun Kumar, a joint director of the CBI. Koli was also charged with destruction of evidence.

Her dismembered body parts were among the remains of 19 people, most of them children, found in a storm drain next to a house owned by Moninder Singh Pandher, Koli's employer.

Officials say Koli earlier this month confessed to killing and sexually assaulting 16 of the women and children. There was no word Thursday whether he would be charged in the other killings.

If convicted, Koli could face the death penalty.

Koli did not mention his employer in his confession, authorities have said.

But on Thursday, Pandher, who allegedly procured the prostitute and others for himself and his friends, was charged with running a prostitution racket, pressuring witnesses and bribing police officials not to investigate his servant.

Hours earlier, police said they had arrested policewoman Simranjit Kau, who allegedly took bribes from Pandher and "framed incorrect records with intent to save accused Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surender Koli from legal proceedings and punishment in the case."

She was among the six officers fired in the initial weeks of the investigation for mishandling the case.

News of the killings emerged in late December, and police quickly took credit for nabbing the suspects.

But residents of the area said the police had routinely ignored reports of missing people and had been forced to start investigating when human remains were spotted in the drains and the smell became overpowering.



20070303: Serial killer to appear in court New Delhi Serial Killer News
Surendra Kohli, one of two men accused of serial murders will formally write down his confessions before a court on Saturday.

He is being produced in the Patiala House court for the third day in a row.

Kohli and his employer Moninder Singh Pandher are accused of sexually assaulting and killing at least 17 women and children in Noida on the outskirts of Delhi.

The Central Bureau of Investigation is probing the murders discovered by state police in December.

20070302: In-camera confession of serial killer Koli continues New Delhi Serial Killer News

Suspected psychopathic killer Surendra Koli Friday continued his confessions in a Delhi court even as businessman Moninder Singh Pandher, his master and an alleged accomplice in the macabre sexual molestation and murders of around 20 children, was remanded to judicial custody by a Ghaziabad court.

Koli's marathon confession, which began Thursday at 5 p.m. with video and audio recording facilities, continued till 11 p.m. and resumed Friday at 2 p.m. The confession continued till late into the night Friday, after which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths were expected to produce him before a Ghaziabad court for remanding him to judicial custody.

During Koli's in-camera confessions before Metropolitan Magistrate Chandrasekhar it could not be known as to what crimes and how many killings he had admitted to. Even the CBI sleuths were not allowed during recording of his confession.

Ghaziabad's Special Judge Sapna Mishra remanded Pandher to 14 days judicial custody till March 15 as his CBI remand ends Friday. Pandher had spent 64 days in police custody since Dec 29.

Pandher and Koli were arrested Dec 29 after the discovery of human skulls and skeletal remains from the drains behind the Noida house of Pandher. The two were later handed over to the CBI.


20070301: Nithari killer admits to rapes New Delhi Serial Killer News
Surendra Koli, one of the two accused in the serial murders in Noida’s Nithari village, on Thursday told a court he had raped minor girls and women.

In a written submission before a court in Delhi, Koli said he wanted to confess and unburden his confession. The court ordered that Koli’s statement be recorded on video

Koli and his boss Moninder Singh Pandher are accused of raping and murdering children and women in their bungalow near Nithari village.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the probe, has till now found the bodies of four women and 15 children near Pandher’s bungalow.

The case was shifted to the Patiala House Courts in Delhi after a mob attacked the accused in a Ghaziabad court, which was supposed to handle the trial.

The Delhi court has appointed three lawyers to defend Koli, who is suspected to have chopped his victims into pieces after strangling them. The court had difficultly in this as at least two lawyers refused to take up the case. A woman lawyer refused to defend him, saying she feared a threat to her life.

The serial murders in the small village have shocked the nation and severely embarrassed UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was accused of failing to maintain rule of law in the state.



20070228: Alleged child serial killer sent to Tihar jail New Delhi Serial Killer News
Alleged psychopathic murderer Surendra Koli, suspected to be behind the killings of a number of children, was Wednesday produced in a city court for recording his confessional statement and sent to one-day judicial custody.

The Central Bureau of Investigation - produced Koli, the manservant of businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and also his alleged accomplice in the murders, before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau in the Patiala House court for recording his statement.

Koli will be produced in the court again Thursday to record his confession. The magistrate sent him to one-day judicial custody in Tihar Jail so that he cannot be pressurised or influenced by anybody before recording his statement, police sources said.

According to CBI officials, Koli's statements were recorded in a court to ensure smooth proceedings.

Sleuths of Delhi Police and CBI ensured tight security at the court to avert a reoccurrence of the outburst of mob anger of Jan 25 during which Koli and Pandher were thrashed by lawyers and the public outside a Ghaziabad court.

Pandher, a resident of Noida, and Koli were arrested on charges of kidnapping, sexual molestation and the murders of around 20 children after police recovered human skulls and body parts from a drain behind Pandher`s D-5 residence.

The CBI took over the case Jan 11 from Uttar Pradesh Police.

20070125: Nitahri case: Court extends custody of 2 accused Nithari Serial Killer News

A CBI court in Ghaziabad has extended the custody of Moninder Singh Pandher and Surinder Koli, the two accused in the Nithari murders, by 14 days.

The decision comes on the day when the two accused were attacked by a mob in the court.

The attack took place when Pandher and Koli were being brought out of the special court this morning.

A crowd of lawyers and members of the public, outnumbering the police, surrounded the duo and beat them.

According to some reports, the two did not even have a lawyer representing them in court.

Security lapse 

The provocation for today's attack seems to be that the lawyers were barred from entering the court.

There has also been considerable public anger against the two, who are accused of raping and murdering at least 19 women and children.

The judge has also summoned the Ghaziabad police chief for the lapse in security.

Several other people, including an NDTV employee, were injured in the scuffle.

Speaking to NDTV, the CBI Director described this as an unfortunate incident, but passed the buck onto the local police saying that security for the two accused in court was their responsibility.

Damage control

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has told NDTV that he is unhappy with the way the police has handled the Nithari case.

"I think it was the worst possible crime. I was very unhappy with what the police did".

He also said his brother, state PWD Minister Shiv Pal Singh Yadav, was absolutely wrong in saying that incidents like the killings keep happening.

"My brother is a good organizational man but he cannot handle the press. He should not have said that such things keep happening. It was absolutely wrong to say this".

The Chief Minister has been under fire for the serial killings as well as the rising crime graph in the state. 


20070125: Indian serial-killer suspects beaten by mob New Delhi Serial Killer News

Two persons accused in the grisly murders of several children in a New Delhi suburb were beaten by a mob of lawyers and bystanders as they were being escorted out of a court by the police Thursday, news reports said.

Businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic servant Surinder Koli have been accused of sexually abusing and murdering at least 17 people, mostly young children, in Noida industrial area about 22 kilometres east of Delhi.

Pandher, who is in his 50s, fainted after the attack by the lawyers and some members of the public who had gathered outside the court in Ghaziabad town in northern Uttar Pradesh state, which adjoins Noida, PTI news agency reported.

Television footage showed Pandher lying unconscious and Koli bleeding. Both have been admitted to hospital for check-ups the police said.

The serial killings case has sparked widespread outrage. The provocation for the attack seemed to be that the lawyers were barred from entering the court for hearing the remand plea, PTI reported.

Vijay Shankar, director of the Central Bureau of Investigation handling the case, described it as 'an unfortunate incident.'

Shankar said local police were responsible for the security of pre-trials and a probe would be ordered into the beatings.

The court has extended remand for the two accused for 14 days.

The Uttar Pradesh police recovered several human skulls and body parts from the drains behind Pandher's house in Noida since December 29.

Most of the victims were children of poor migrant workers residing at Nithari village, near Pandher's house, who disappeared over about 18 months. At least 38 children from Nithari village have been reported missing.

Seven local policemen were suspended for negligence in not tracing the children and the case was handed over to the CBI, a federal agency.

Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to hold elections to its state legislature by March. A rise in violence and criminal activities, including the serial killings and the assault on the accused, have raised questions about the poor law and order situation in the state.


20070121: I want to kill again, says serial killer Noida Serial Killer News
The alleged butcher of Nitahri, Surendra Kohli, who is said to have sexually molested and murdered at least 20 children and women, on Friday startled Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths by saying that he wants to kill someone again.

Revealing Surendra's psychic streak and obsessive compulsion to kill hapless victims, a top CBI official said on Friday: "He appears to be an obsessive killer with an in-built violent streak in his personality. He has confessed to us that he is often gripped by the desire to kill someone again."

The rather gruesome confession by Surendra had the CBI sleuths post armed guards around him during his interrogation.

The CBI is also taking the help of psychiatrists while questioning Surendra as his behaviour shows all the signs of a psychopath, the official said.

Surendra and his master Moninder Singh Pandher are suspected to have killed at least 20 children and women at the latter's home in Noida over the last two years.

The two are presently in CBI custody at an undisclosed location and are undergoing interrogation.

Meanwhile, a CBI team on Friday recovered an axe from the bushes near the D-5 bungalow of Moninder. They say it was used by Surendra to kill.

The CBI said that the axe, which had bloodstains on it, would be sent for forensic examination. The recovery of the axe was made after the CBI team visited the scene of gruesome killings in Noida.

Surender pointed out the place where he had hidden the axe in the lawn.

The CBI team earlier recovered more skulls and body parts from the drains near Pandher's house, besides the skulls and bones of at least 17 people recovered by the police in the last week of December.

Pandher and Surender have undergone narco-analysis tests at the Central Forensic Laboratory in Gandhinagar.


20070115: Indian investigators find 3 more skulls New Delhi Serial Killer News
Indian investigators recovered three more skulls near the home of a businessman suspected of killing up to 38 women and children, media reports said Sunday. The skulls were found in a drain outside the home in Noida, an industrial and software hub adjoining New Delhi, bringing to 20 the number uncovered so far, the Times of India newspaper reported. India's top federal investigating agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI, resumed searches near the home after taking over the case last week from local police who were slammed for failing to properly investigate dozens of reports of missing children from a nearby slum. At least 38 children have gone missing from the slum in the past two years. The investigators also discovered a bag containing human body parts, bones and clothes from the drain, the Hindu newspaper reported. CBI officials were not immediately available for comment Sunday. Police have arrested the businessman and his servant, who allegedly killed the children and women after sexually assaulting them. The two — businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic helper, Surender Kohli — have been charged with kidnapping, raping and killing the victims and then dumping their dismembered bodies into storm drains near Pandher's house. Angry protests and political rallies have erupted after skulls and other body parts were first found on Dec. 29.

20070112: Accused serial killer admits necrophilia Mumbai (Bombay) Serial Killer News
A suspect in the gruesome murders of 17 people, mostly children, near India's capital has told investigators he had sex with the dead bodies and ate their organs. The Times of India said Surender Koli admitted to carrying out the crimes alone and that his employer, businessman Moninder Singh Pandher, who was also arrested and charged, was unaware of the killing spree. The grisly revelations emerged after the two accused were subjected to "narco-analysis" — including truth drugs, polygraph tests and brain mapping — at a national forensic laboratory. Results of the tests are not admissible as evidence in court, but are designed to help police with their investigation. Residents say at least 38 people, mostly children, have disappeared from the area, and that police had ignored their complaints that the children were missing. The killings have dominated the front pages of all newspapers. The two were arrested on December 29 in New Delhi's affluent Noida suburb after an overwhelming stench led to the discovery of carefully chopped-up body parts in a drain next to Pandher's home. But Pandher was apparently unaware that his servant used sweets and chocolates to lure the victims to the house, before killing them and raping their bodies, the Times of India said. Koli, who previously worked as a cook in a hotel, narrated how and when he killed his 17 victims with precision. He also remembered the names of 15 victims, the newspaper said, quoting unnamed investigators involved in the tests. "Sahab (master) did not know," Koli was quoted as telling investigators, adding the murders were committed when Pandher was away. Asked what he had done with the missing torsos of the victims, Koli disclosed that he ate some of the organs and cut up others and flushed them down the toilet. The dismembered parts were disposed of separately. Koli said his first victim was a four-year-old girl. He admitted to trying to eat the child's liver, but said he vomited immediately. His co-accused, meanwhile, emerged from the tests as a womaniser who used Koli as a pimp to find him prostitutes. Pandher's family said the reports of the narco-analysis test results were a relief. "I had always thought Surendra (Koli, the servant) was behind all this. My father used to be out of town for long periods on business," Pandher's 23-year-old son, Karan, told the newspaper. Police in Noida had been investigating whether organ trade was a motive for the killings because the torsos of the victims were not found and only their skulls, limb bones and clothes were recovered from the sewer near Pandher's house. But according to the Times of India, Koli might have been trying to cure his "impotency". India's federal Central Bureau of Investigation said it would begin its probe into the case from Thursday. "Our director Vijay Shanker has said that we received a notification from the federal government asking us to begin a probe into the killings," a spokesman for the agency said. "Our office received the notification yesterday (Wednesday) evening," he said, adding the agency will attach the "highest priority to the case" and "probe its entire ramifications."

20070111: With fresh FIRs CBI to question Nithari's serial killer New Delhi Serial Killer News
Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surender Koli alias Satish accused in the heinous serial killings of close to forty children in Nithari arrived in the national capital on Thursday morning. The narco-analysis test, which was conducted on the duo in Gandhinagar's Central Forensic Laboratory for the past one week, was completed on Wednesday afternoon, the results of which will be completed in the next two days. The duo were taken to Noida's Sector 20 police station at around seven in the morning, where he will be handed to the CBI later in the day, as the central investigative agency has already taken over the investigations. CBI on late Wednesday night confirmed of receiving the 19 FIRs that were filed by the Special Investigating team of the Uttar Pradesh police and has said that it will file fresh FIRs in the case. "We have received a notification from the Government that we are to take over the case from the UP Police," CBI Director Vijay Shankar told reporters. The CBI has also called a special team of forensic experts from Gandhinagar and Hyderabad CFSL to analyse the evidence collected from Pandher's D-5 bungalow in Nithari, where the alleged killing took place. It is most likely that the forensic expert may visit the site again and would try to collect fresh evidence from the place. The central investigative agency finally took over the investigations on Wednesday after it received the notifications from the State Government in the proper format. After much difference with the Centre over the formal modalities involved in seeking CBI probe, the Uttar Pradesh Government finally issued a notification to the Centre for a CBI probe into the Nithari killings case. Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh had merely asked the Centre to order a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe without issuing a notification. With the Centre pointing out the lacunae in the Uttar Pradesh government's move, the State issued the required notification enabling transfer of the case of recovery of skeletal remains from Nithari in Noida as well as the probe into the Meerut lecturer Kavita Rani murder case to the CBI. The notification from UP's Home Secretary R M Srivastava came after the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which governs the CBI, sent a letter to the state's home department about making a proper notification under Section 5 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act in proper format. Coming under pressure from all quarters of the state police's handling of the Nithari case, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had announced on January 5 that the State would seek a CBI inquiry into the matter. The CBI is also slated to probe into the dereliction of duty by the police officers as till date two Superintendents of Police have been suspended and seven other policemen dismissed. 14-member team of the UP police till now has been investigating the incident but it has yet to make any headway into the case. The police are pinning hope on the results of the narco-analysis test, brain mapping test and polygraph (lie detecting) test carried out on the accused to find new revelations and the motive behind the killings. Apart from this, a high-level inter-ministerial committee is already probing the incident. The four-member Committee set up by the Centre is headed by Joint Secretary, Union Women and Child Development Manjula Krishnan and is expected to submit its report by January 18. The committee is looking into the alleged negligence of the police and would also go into the modus operandi and the motive of the accused persons involved in it.

20070110: CBI begins probe of Noida murders New Delhi Serial Killer News
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday registered 19 cases in the serial killings in Noida. CBI Director Vijay Shankar said the cases will be given priority. "The government of India has issued notification, there are 19 cases and separate teams to investigate them". Psychiatrists will examine the two serial killers to check their mental health. The narco-analysis tests on them have been completed. The police remand of Moninder Singh and Surender Koli, the main accused in the Noida serial killings, has been extended by two days. Meanwhile, major leads are emerging from the narco-analysis test on Surinder, one of the two accused in the case. Sources have told NDTV that during the narco test conducted on him at the Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Gandhinagar on Monday, Surinder said that he killed the victims out of sexual frustration. He also said that he was a necrophiliac, which is one having sexual contact with or an erotic desire for dead bodies. Surinder, while describing how he would dispose of the bodies, said he would cut the bodies into pieces, dump the bigger bodies in the back drain of their house in Nithari and the smaller bodies in the main drain. When asked whose idea it was to murder the victims after they were sexually assaulted, Surinder is understood to have said that Moninder told him to dump the bodies. Inconsistencies in statement It could indicate that Moninder had some involvement in the actual murders. There are however, reports of inconsistencies in Surinder's statement on Moninder's involvement in the murders. Surinder has said that the police had earlier come to their house but did not know anything about the bodies and had come in connection with reports of call girls at the house. He is also believed to have said that Moninder used to entertain VIPs, policemen and call girls and that a lot of cars would arrive at their house between 11 pm and 2 am. Asked about the role of Maya, the domestic help at Moninder's house, Surinder is believed to have said that she was not involved. And when asked whether there was an organ racket going on, Surinder said he did not know what an organ racket was. Meanwhile, Moninder, the main accused in the Noida serial killings, underwent a narco-analysis test at the Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Gandhinagar on Tuesday.

20070108: One alleged serial killer undergoes narco analysis test New Delhi Serial Killer News
Forensic experts in Gandhinagar Monday conducted a narco analysis test on Surendra, one of the two men accused in the serial killings of at least 20 children in Noida, while police declared the other accused, Moninder Singh Pandher, medically fit to undergo the test. Surendra went through the test at the Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Gandhinagar. His businessman master, Moninder Singh, was not made to undergo the test after he complained of health problems late Sunday and had to be hospitalised. After checking Moninder Singh's blood sugar level and his complaint of minor chest pain, he was discharged Monday. 'As Moninder had health problems, Surendra underwent the narco test first. Moninder will under go the test soon,' said a top police official in Noida. Both the men were flown to Ahmedabad Friday morning and were taken to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory for a lie-detection, brain mapping and narco-analysis tests as part of investigations into the gruesome killings of several children in Noida after they were allegedly first sexually molested. The brain mapping and lie detection tests have been done on both. Meanwhile, police in Noida continued their interrogation of Moninder Singh's maid Maya Sarkar and her husband. Maya has been working in his Sector 31 house for over a year. 'We are interrogating both of them as we believe they can be prime witnesses in the case,' said a senior police official. He refused to divulge details of the investigations. Police also sealed the D-5 bungalow of Moninder Singh ahead of handing over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 'We are not allowing anyone except forensic experts from Agra inside the house,' police added. Since Dec 29, skeletal remains, slippers and tattered clothes of at least 20 children were dug out from a drain behind Moninder Singh's bungalow.

20070107: Family says serial killer suspect is ‘no monster’ New Delhi Serial Killer News
The wife and son of a businessman suspected of the rape and mass murder of children in a case that has sparked outrage in India said yesterday he was not a monster and claimed he had been framed. Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant, Surender Kohli, were questioned by police using truth serum or sodium penthanol for a second day yesterday to try to discover the motive and exact number of killings. Pandher’s son Karan told reporters that his father should not be deemed guilty before being given a fair trial. "Do not accuse him right now. He is just a suspect. He is not a monster. Come on, have a heart. He has a family. He has a son," Karan Pandher said. "If my father is found guilty — it’s hard for me to say this — he should get the highest punishment. He should get capital punishment," he told the private Zee News network in an interview. "The people of Nithari, children and my father need justice. But my father has not got a fair trial yet," Karan said. He said because of the case, their family business had suffered. "Now no one wants to do business with us. I appeal to all that we are not bad people." A woman identified as Moninder Pandher’s wife also defended the man and denied media reports that the couple lived separately because of differences. "He is not guilty, not at all. This thing about children, it’s rubbish. He is being framed. There’s no truth in it," Devinder Kaur told Zee network. An autopsy report said the 17 bodies, mainly of young girls from poor families, found near Pandher’s house last week had been sliced with "butcher-like" precision. The victims lived in Nithari village in the affluent Noida township near New Delhi and had been missing for up to three years. Residents say at least 38 people, mostly children, have disappeared from the area and that police had ignored their complaints the children were missing. The killings have dominated the front pages of all newspapers. The Times of India newspaper yesterday said the accused Kohli had confessed to eating the livers of his victims and having sex with dead bodies, under the headline "Cannibal Surendra?" The report did not reveal the source for the information. The Indian Express reported that police suspected Pandher may have been involved in an international pornography racket after they found photographs of nude children and evidence he had taken several foreign trips. Police dismissed the news reports as speculative and declined to give details of investigations that were being handed over to the federal Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). "The case has been transferred to the CBI. We can’t say anything now. The media reports are based on speculation," investigation official Dinesh Yadav said. "I fail to understand how the media has concluded this when the narco analysis test on the accused has barely started," Noida Senior Superintendent of Police R K S Rathore said. "It is rather early and premature to say anything right now. But considering the glaring perversion and brutalities, we do not rule out any possibility." Police earlier said they were probing whether the victims were killed so that their organs, such as kidneys, could be sold. However, a medical expert here has ruled it out. "Removal of the kidneys from a human body is a very delicate process and has to be necessarily done on a person with a beating heart, so that the blood circulation process is on. You cannot remove the kidney of a dead person," Diwakar Dalela, head of the urology department at the King George’s Medical University in Lucknow said. "Well, unless the kids were first taken to a well-equipped operation theatre for removal of kidneys and then done to death, the question of organ transplant could not arise," he said. "In any case, organ transplant requires so many pre-requisites like blood and kidney matching between the donor and recipient. Besides no Indian hospital so far has facilities to preserve a kidney for more than three to four hours." The accused will also undergo lie-detection tests and brain mapping — to find out their response to pictures of the victims — but those results, and the outcome of the truth serum tests, cannot be admitted as evidence in court. The tests will be used mainly to lead investigators to clues. Ruling Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi yesterday visited the village where most of the victims came from and met their families. Gandhi described the killings as "cruel" and "barbaric" and took swipes at the Uttar Pradesh state government, where elections are due later this year, saying "there is no law and order."

20070106: Golden boy turns serial child-killer New Delhi Serial Killer News
HE is an alumnus of one of the subcontinent's most prestigious and expensive schools, Bishop Cotton at Bangalore, which dates back more than 100 years to the days of the British Raj and has as its motto the noble injunction "Overcome Evil with Good". Today, however, there is only evil in perceptions of Moninder Singh Pandher, the millionaire New Delhi businessman at the centre of what is emerging as oneof the world's most horrendous cases of sexual depravity and pedophile serial killing. The Indian media has dubbed him the Butcher of Noida - in articles accompanied by school pictures of a neatly dressed and turbaned Bishop Cotton student, known to his mates as Goldy. He is accused with his manservant, Surendra Kohli, of as many as 40 cases of kidnapping young children, mainly little girls, raping and abusing them - in some instances after they had died - strangling them and then cutting up their bodies before disposing of the remains in a drain outside his house at Noida, on Delhi's outskirts. Forensic experts said yesterday the bodies had been sliced precisely and systematically, as detailed in an autopsy report on the remains of 17 corpses dug out of the drain. The report said 11 of the victims were young girls. "Post-mortem tests reveal the bodies were cut with butcher-like precision," said surgeon Vinod Kumar. "Whoever did it, they cut through the bones very systematically." The case has exposed the dark underbelly of life in the teeming Indian capital, even as the country races towards record economic growth and projected superpower status. Noida is not out in the sticks. It is one of Delhi's fastest-growing satellites, a place that is attracting much of the call-centre and IT investment pouring into the country, and the proposed site of what it is claimed will be the world's tallest building. But the reality is that as Pandher and Kohli allegedly went about the gruesome business of raping and murdering dozens of small children and at least one woman over one or two years, the pleas of parents whose children had gone missing were treated with contempt by the police. The parents say they went to police dozens of times, and the first missing-person reports were lodged in 2005. But the police did nothing. For these were children of a lesser god - the children of dirt-poor people with neither money nor influence, humble and impoverished migrants from rural areas of India, rickshaw pullers, street sweepers and labourers. They are the people whose awful lot in life this week was to stand and watch as investigators dug up the fetid drain outside Pandher's house of horrors, uncovering cheap rubber sandals, little polka-dotted blouses, a faded blue shirt, plastic trinkets, even pieces of cloth from which they could identify their children as victims of the Butcher of Noida. The parents believe that had the police acted on the first complaints, many lives could have been saved. Reacting to the growing public anger, authorities in Uttar Pradesh yesterday sacked six of the local police and suspended three others. Sunil Biswas, a rickshaw puller from West Bengal, who tried to file a complaint about his 10-year-old daughter Pushpa, who went missing from the local school in April last year, said: "Policemen were reluctant to take the complaint and also misbehaved with me and my wife and showered abuses on us. "They told us: 'Why do you produce children if you cannot take care ofthem?"' The impoverished world of Mr Biswas and his fellow mourners is light years away from Goldy Pandher's life of money, flash cars, power and influence - a life in which he hunted tigers and leopards and collected fine spirits, boasting a well-stocked bar. Pandher, now in his late 50s, grew up in an affluent family and built a fortune running a trucking company. According to reports yesterday, he has friends in high places and is well-known to a number of leading Punjabi politicians in India's dominant Congress party. He is the sort of person who, in India in 2007, can get away with murder. Friends spoke yesterday of "a highly intelligent man with a good sense of humour". Deepak Kumar Thakur, a lawyer who was at school with him, declared: "I have known Pandher since 1964 when we were in class. I have no reason to believe he could be involved in such a crime, until the court proves him guilty." However, the police have no such reservations. They have charged Pandher and Kohli with offences ranging from kidnapping to rape and murder. Only the number of offences is in doubt, according to police, with the search for human remains continuing. Parents say at least 38 children have gone missing in the area. Both men are under interrogation, the police say. Kohli has reportedly admitted enticing the children into the house, using lollies as bait. All the children were strangled. Their bodies were dismembered with a saw, and the remains dumped in the drain. Extraordinarily, the smell of decaying human flesh in the drain caused no suspicion. But that probably says as much as anything about what is taken for normal on some of India's streets. Kohli admits his complicity, according to police, but says he was only obeying his master's orders. Under interrogation, Pandher gives little away. But investigators are sure of their case. What remains a mystery, however, is just what led Pandher to face the allegations now made against him. According to reports, he has been living separately from his wife, but is a devoted father to an only son who has been studying in Canada. Some friends talk of him going off the rails after a few drinks. Of dark moods. Of a penchant for prostitutes. But most find the odyssey from bright and shiny pupil at Bishop Cotton to accused serial killer hard to comprehend. India is a country where, according to the National Human Rights Commission, more than 45,000 children go missing every year, and where the tragic helplessness of the Noida parents in the face of cruel police inaction is replicated many times over. Too often, neglect such as that seen in the case of the Butcher of Noida proves the antithesis of the Bishop Cotton motto, and evil triumphs over good.

20061231: Serial killer's Chandigarh house attracts curious eyes New Delhi Serial Killer News
A palatial bungalow in an elite part of Chandigarh's Sector 27 has become the centre of attraction for a shocked neighbourhood after its owner became an accused in the brutal serial killings of children in Noida. The bungalow belongs to Moninder (rpt Moninder) Singh Pandher, who has been arrested in Uttar Pradesh and is said to be the kingpin of the serial killings along with two servants and then dumping their bodies in the backyard of his house in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi. The Chandigarh police, ever since Moninder's name figured in the killings, have stationed a police control room vehicle with three-four policemen to keep surveillance on the property and its residents. The police have so far not searched the premises because there has been no communication from their Noida counterparts. But they have questioned the family members and servants. Moninder is a millionaire businessman with interests in transport, agricultural machines and property. He had his education in Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, and St Stephen's College, Delhi. The bungalow, a 2,000-square yard property in a posh locality, is valued at over Rs.100 million at present market prices. Leading industrialists, businessmen, politicians and other influential people have their bungalows in the locality where Moninder lives. Residents said they had not been seeing Moninder often in this bungalow in the last two to three years though his family admitted that he had last come here 15 days ago, just for a day. One resident who requested anonymity said Moninder appeared to be a 'nice and normal man' with a good sense of humour. He said most residents were shocked he could do something so gruesome. The only residents of the sprawling villa are Moninder's wife Devinder Kaur, 50, their Canada-educated son Karan, 23, and a couple of servants. Ever since Moninder's name figured in the Noida killings, the family has locked themselves inside the house. The main gate has been locked and even the cars inside have their number plates covered with cloth. Congress MP from Jalandhar, Rana Gurjit Singh, a distant relative of Devinder Kaur, visited her Saturday. 'I went to enquire about her after coming to know of her husband's arrest,' Rana Gurjit said.

20061230: Noida serial killer sent to 2 days' custody New Delhi Serial Killer News
Mohinder Singh Pandher, a factory owner, and his servant Satish were today remanded to two days' police custody in connection with the alleged killing of at least 15 children. They were produced before the duty magistrate in a local court, who remanded them to police custody to enable further interrogation of the two suspects. Police had asked for five days' custody. A case has been registered against the two under various sections of IPC, including rape, murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy, SSP R. K. S. Rahore told reporters.

20061230: Organ scam suspected in serial killer bust New Delhi Serial Killer News
The discovery in NOIDA has reinforced a suspicion harboured by some residents that an organ racket was thriving in their midst. “The children kidnapped were both boys and girls and we have been saying that an organ scam could be behind the kidnappings,” said Usha Thakur, a social activist. She pointed to the way the bodies had been cut up, and said foul sexual leanings did not seem to have spurred the crimes. Thakur, who has taken up the issue on behalf of Nithari residents, said they had always suspected Mohinder Singh of involvement in the disappearance of so many children. “His house lies at the end of the village and his servant Satish frequented the village,” she said. Whatever the motive, the killings have galvanised residents’ ire against police. Thakur said police inaction was visible since the day 12-year-old Rimpa Haldar, first of the many still missing, disappeared two years ago.

20061230: Noida serial killer confesses to raping, strangling eight kids New Delhi Serial Killer News
In a horrific turn to numerous incidents of children disappearing in Nithari village of Sector 31 here, parts of 15 skeletons of girls and boys were recovered from a drain behind an industrialist's house in the village on Friday. The caretaker of the house, Subhash alias Surendra, told the cops he had been sexually abusing and strangling his victims before disposing of their bodies in the drain. The house belongs to a Chandigarh-based industrialist, Mohinder Singh Kohli. While Subhash has been arrested, Kohli too has been taken into custody. A senior Noida police officer said that Kohli was 'definitely under suspicion'. The villagers had been complaining to the cops for the past two years about their children going missing regularly, and if the cops had acted in time, the serial killer could have been nabbed much earlier. Subhash has so far confessed to killing two boys and six girls, between 4 and 12 years of age, besides a 26-year-old woman. "But, deranged as he seems to be, he may well have forgotten how many children he actually killed," said the officer. In a scene straight out of a psychopath movie, cops found several knives, a licensed rifle and many live cartridges in the house. The police suspect that many more have been killed, particularly because the villagers said that often there were visitors from outside at the house. Among those killed could be some whose disappearance was never reported. Noida police chief R K S Rathor said the breakthrough came when they took in Subhash for questioning after a 26-year-old woman, Payal, disappeared recently. Subhash was found to be in possession of Payal's mobile phone. The cops then stumbled on the bizarre serial murders. The villagers had been suspicious about the men in the house and often complained to the police. The drain behind Kohli's house had been giving out a foul stench for months. When the cops were called in to investigate, they laughed off the suspicion that there could be human bodies in the drain. One reportedly even found a bone but left saying it was of some animal. On Friday, the anger of the villagers boiled over and they stoned the house, smashing flower pots and damaging anything in sight. And when a large police contingent tried to drive them away, the mob turned on the cops. A woman, whose son is missing, slapped a sub-inspector, saying, Tumhari vajah se hamare bachche mare hain. Tum to report bhi darj nahin karte unke khone ki. Ab batao in haddiyon mein kaun sa mera beta hai . (Our children have died because of you. You didn't even file a report. Now tell me where is my son in these bones.). She then collapsed, weeping bitterly.

20061229: Families of missing children lose hope New Delhi Serial Killer News
Pappu Lal spent the whole of last year hoping that his missing seven-year-old girl would one day come back home. But on Friday, Pappu says all hopes were dashed when sacks of skeletons were recovered by Noida police in a bungalow in Sector 31. "I saw it all. They found bones and 18 skulls," says the distressed man. But the police say skeletal remains of only eight children aged between three and 15 years were recovered. According to the police, the bodies will be sent for DNA testing, but for the aggrieved families this delayed investigation means nothing. Parents of the missing children say they had been suspecting Satish for a long time. "I don't have any faith in the police. We have been telling them again and again that we suspected this man," says James, whose child has been missing for some time now. The DNA tests will confirm the identities of the children, but for parents who have lost their little ones, there is little hope left.

20061229: Serial child killer nabbed in Noida New Delhi Serial Killer News
Police found skeletons of eight children in a village in Noida, near Delhi, on Friday and claimed the man who raped and murdered them has confessed. Satish, 30, was a domestic help in a house near which the bodies were found stuffed in gunny bags and buried in a drain. At least 38 children have disappeared in Nithari in Noida’s Sector 31 in the last two years. Satish, who hails from Almora in Uttarakhand, first came under police suspicion when the cell phone of a missing 20-year-old woman was found with him, said Senior Superintendent of Police R K S Rathore. Satish has allegedly confessed to strangling Payal. He appeared mentally ill and allegedly lured the eight children, all less than 12, with sweets and then raped and strangled them. His employer, businessman Mohinder Singh, has also been arrested. Jagmohan Yadav, Inspector General of Police (Meerut Range), said parents of two girls who disappeared two years ago told police on Tuesday that they had found their children’s clothes and slippers near the drain. A police team kept the house under surveillance and detained Satish on Thursday night. TV channels showed police personnel digging the drain with the help of shovels and a bulldozer. An eyewitness claimed he saw police taking away meat choppers, guns and cartridges from the house. Hundreds of people, including parents of missing children, gathered outside the house as news spread. They were angry with police and accused them of ignoring their complaints that children were disappearing from Nithari. Some residents alleged that the police had refused to lodge FIRs. Officials denied the allegations and said police teams had been sent to Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai after reports about the missing children had been registered. Noida hit the headlines in November when the four-year-old son of Adobe India’s CEO was kidnapped from near his home in Sector 15 and was released for a ransom of Rs 50 lakh.

20061229: Serial killer held, skeletons of four kids found in Noida New Delhi Serial Killer News
A nearly two-year-long mystery over 38 missing children, mostly girls, was finally resolved on Friday when police recovered skeletal remains of at least four children from a working class neighbourhood on the edges of this booming suburban town New Delhi. Police believe that this chance discovery could lead to the remains of the remaining children who may have been sexually abused and brutally murdered by a psychopathic serial killer. After failing to solve the mysterious disappearance of children since March 2005, the breakthrough finally came when police arrested Surendra Kohli, alias Satish, who is believed to be mentally ill, while investigating the murder of a 16-year-old girl, Payal. "We have recovered four skeletons on the basis of the information given by Satish but the actual figure of the total skeletons would be known only after medical investigations. The bodies were found buried in a two-and a-half-feet deep ditch behind the house of a businessman," said Jagmohan Yadav, inspector general of police (IGP) Meerut Range. "We have also found the mobile phone of Payal which we had managed to track on the basis of technical surveillance. The girl had gone missing in May but Satish was using her phone since then," added Yadav. Satish, a resident of Almora in Uttaranchal, was working as a domestic help in businessman Sardar Mohinder Singh's house in Nithari, near here. "The man (Satish) seems to be mentally ill." "The bodies were kept in bags and buried near a drain behind the house. We have also recovered some clothes of children," he said. "We have also found weapons while searching the house," added the officer. "We have also arrested Mohinder Singh after a detailed questioning. We have sealed the house and a thorough search is being carried out. We have also called two excavators to help the police in the search operations," Yadav said. Police added that they were also questioning P. Chaudhary, a medical storeowner. "We suspect that he was also involved in the crime. He has a past record and he was arrested in 1999 for being involved in an organ transplant racket," said Rajesh Kumar Singh Rathore, senior superintendent of police. In the past 21 months of investigation when the first case of abduction was reported to the police, villagers have alleged that 38 children, mostly minor girls, have gone missing while playing near the water tank. "We suspected the skeletons are those of the children who were kidnapped from the village. We will reach a conclusion only after carrying out the forensic tests, it is too early to comment," said Rathore None of the 38 children, who were allegedly kidnapped, has been recovered so far. Police said most of the missing children, in the age group of 3-11 years, were girls. A majority of the inhabitants of Nithari village are migrants from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. They earn their livelihood as domestic helps, drivers and fruit and vegetable vendors. The semi-rural village has a population of around 25,000 people mostly those who have come to Noida in search of work in the capital and the satellite town in its periphery. Kidnappings do not make news any more in much of the rural belt of Noida as for the past few months every month around two children were being abducted while playing outside their homes. "We have been complaining about this for the past so many months but police only want money from us," said Sunita, tears rolling down her eyes as she remembered the last time she saw her daughter who was also kidnapped 15 months while playing outside her house. "We only get abused and beaten by the cops every time we go to enquire about our missing children," she said while sitting in her makeshift laundry shop at the corner of the main road. Another person whose 8-year-old daughter was kidnapped said, "Our worst fears have come true today. We always suspected that something had happened to our children," Pappu Lal. His daughter, Rachna Kumari, 8, went missing April 10 while playing outside her house. "I have gone to far off places like Jaipur, Mumbai, Bharatpur, Ajmer, Lucknow, Varanasi and Allahabad in search of our children," Pappu Lal added.

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