This is the number of children that have gone’missing’ in 2019. According to NCRB, a child goes missing every 8 minutes in India.
On Monday, the CBI court in Ghaziabad sentenced Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surinder Koli to death for their roles in the Pinki Sarkar rape and murder case, one of numerous cases linked to the Nithari Serial Killings.
Police recovered the skulls and bones of 16 people, primarily children, outside Pandher’s residence in Noida’s Nithari hamlet in 2006. The investigation began after two Nithari villagers claimed to know the whereabouts of the bodies of children who had gone missing in the preceding two years and accused the authorities of ignoring their claims.
The finding of eight skeleton remains of children from the drain of a home in Nithari, Noida, on December 29, 2006, brought the Nithari murders to light. Two suspects were apprehended: the house’s owner, businessman Moninder Singh Pandher, and his domestic helper, Surinder Koli.
More skeletons were discovered in the drain on December 30th. Two beat constables are suspended on December 31st as political pressure mounts.
January 3, 2007: Piyush Mordia, the former SSP of Gautam Budh Nagar district, Saumitra Yadav, the then additional SP of Noida, and former circle officer Sewak Ram Yadav have all been suspended by the Uttar Pradesh government. According to a Hindustan Times story, six sub-inspectors who had been suspended have been fired.
Pandher and Koli were transferred to Gandhinagar by Uttar Pradesh police on January 5 for a comprehensive narco-analysis test.The case was handed over to the CBI on January 10th.
The first CBI team arrives in Nithari on January 11 to begin an investigation into the crime. Near Pandher’s residence, thirty additional bones were discovered. The CBI interrogates Pandher and Koli on 12 January.
The administration of Uttar Pradesh submits a report to the National Human Rights Commission on January 20th (NHRC). Pandher and Koli were sentenced to 14 days in CBI prison on February 8 by a special CBI court. A special CBI court convicted and sentenced Koli to death for the rape and murder of 14-year-old Rimpa Haldar, one of the multiple victims, on February 13, 2009.
President Pranab Mukherjee denied Surendra Koli’s and five other death row inmates’ mercy applications on July 20, 2014. The court has ordered Koli’s execution to be postponed until 1 a.m. on September 8, 2014. Koli’s punishment was set to be executed the next day.
According to an apex court officer, the plea in this case was brought before the bench after midnight, and the order was issued around 1:40 a.m.
The order was delivered to the appropriate correctional authorities. Koli was scheduled to be hung at Meerut prison on September 12th, where he was held in high-security barracks.
Surinder Koli’s death sentence was commuted to a life term by the Supreme Court on September 7.