Identity of five Nithari victims still a mystery
Over 4 years after the grisly Nithari killings came to light, the identity of five of the victims, whose bones were found in a drain in Noida, remains a mystery.
New Delhi: Over four years after the
grisly Nithari killings came to light, the identity of five of
the victims, whose bones were found in a drain in Noida,
remains a mystery with their DNA profile not matching with any
of the claimants.
The forensic experts were able to create DNA profile
of 13 individuals from the fragments of bones and bio-material
collected in over 35 polythene bags near Moninder Singh
Pandher`s house in Noida on Delhi`s outskirts, out which eight
victims were identified.
Hundreds of tests were done as a number of parents had
claimed that their child was missing but mismatch of DNA led
to rejection of the claims in the remainig five cases.
Sources in the agency said that these five DNA
profiles and the skeletal remains will be soon handed over by
the forensic department of the All India Institute of Medical
Sciences here to the CBI.
Pandher`s domestic help Surinder Koli has been
sentenced to death in four cases so far and his capital
punishment has been upheld by Supreme Court as well.
The sources said that they would preserve the DNA
profiles and the bones for more time till a claimant comes
The Nithari killing case was uncovered on December 27,
2006 when kulls and bones of missing children were discovered.
As the pressure mounted, the Uttar Pradesh government decided
to hand over the inquiry to the CBI, four days after the
gruesome murders came to light.
Koli and Pandher were arrested on the night of January
11, 2007. The investigators found three skulls, believed to be
of the children and several body parts, including parts of
legs, bones and torso. Several objects were found that are
believed to belong to the victims.
On February 12, 2009, both Pandher and Koli were
found guilty of the murder of Rimpa Haldar, 14, by a special
sessions court in Ghaziabad and sentenced to death as the case
was classified as "rarest of rare".
Pandher, however, had not been not named in the charge
Koli has also been sentenced to death in the cases of
Arti Prasad (7), Rachna Lal (9) and Deepali Sarkar (12).
While on February 15, this year, the Supreme Court
upheld the death sentence of Koli, the Allahabad High Court
acquitted Pandher on September 10, 2009. Pandher faces trial
in five cases out of the remaining 12.