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From the Nithari files,one down,18 more await justice

The Central Bureau of Investigation was handed over the investigation of 19 cases of rape and murder in Nithari,in January 2007.

Written by Neeraj Chauhan | New Delhi |
February 17, 2009 12:47:11 am

The Central Bureau of Investigation was handed over the investigation of 19 cases of rape and murder in Nithari,in January 2007. The agency has been claiming ever since that Surinder Koli,Pandher’s servant,was the lone killer. These 19 cases were registered on the basis of identification of body parts and clothes and scientific tests like DNA fingerprinting and skull superimposition.

The CBI is in the prosecution in 12 cases out of the 19. In the other cases handled by counsel Khalid Khan,Pandher and Koli are both accused of rape and murder.

Sixteen chargesheets have been filed so far and the CBI has given a clean chit to Pandher saying that he was not present in the house at the time of crime. He was charged under the Immoral Trafficking Act in one case.

Newsline takes a look at the 19 cases and their status

Rimpa Haldhar (14) — daughter of Anil and Dolly Haldhar. She went missing on February 8,2005. This is the first case in which both Pandher and Koli are accused of rape and murder and were sentenced to death this week by the CBI judge.

Pinky Sarkar (20) —daughter of Jatin and Bandana Sarkar. Pinky went missing on October 5,2006. Noida police registered a case on December 30,2006 for abduction,rape,murder and criminal conspiracy. Jatin Sarkar had a copy of the first case diary held by Investigating Officer Dinesh Yadav; the diary was replaced by a ‘fake’ case diary but was later exposed by Sarkar’s counsel. Sarkar died in Murshidabad district of West Bengal on September 1,2007,a few days before he was to appear before the court for the first time to give his statement. The CBI filed a chargesheet in the case. The case will come up for hearing next. Pandher and Koli both have been accused of rape and murder in this.

Madhu (20) —daughter of Karamveer. She went missing on November 12,2006. CBI filed the chargesheet. Pandher is an accused of rape and murder here.

Anjali (25) —daughter of Arun Sarkar. She went missing on November 12,2006. CBI filed a chargesheet. Pandher again is an accused.

Deepika alias Payal (20) —daughter of Nandlal. She went missing on May 7,2006. Nandlal had testified that he was present in Pandher’s house when he confessed in front of IO Dinesh Yadav and also helped recover the aari. He later changed his statement in court and was charged with perjury by special CBI Judge Rama Jain in a Ghaziabad court. Pandher is charged for rape,murder and immoral trafficking in this case.

Jyoti (10) —daughter of Jhabbu Lal. She went missing on June 21,2005. The CBI had filed a chargesheet giving Pandher a clean chit in this case,but later,the court asked CBI to declare him as an accused.

Nanda Devi (25) —wife of Dil Bahadur. She went missing on October 31,2006. After her death,Bahadur shifted to Nepal with his three children. The case has been chargesheeted.

Max alias Satendra (6) —son of Ashok Kumar. Max went missing on April 27,2006. CBI here filed a chargesheet and gave a clean chit to Pandher.

Rachna (8) —daughter of Pappulal. She went missing on April 10,2006. The CBI filed a chargesheet but Pandher again was given a clean chit.

Deepali (12) —daughter of Rita and Tariq Sarkar. She went missing on July 18,2006. Pandher was given a clean chit by the CBI in the chargesheet.

Nisha (11) —daughter of James Thapa. She went missing on July 24,2006. CBI filed a chargesheet but did not name Pandher.

Aarti (7) —daughter of Durga Prasad. She went missing on September 25,2006. CBI again gave a clean chit to Pandher and Koli was made the sole accused.

Harsh (three-and-a-half years old) —son of Ramkishan. He went missing on February 23,2006. In this case too,CBI did not charge Pandher for the crime.

Pushpa (10) —daughter of Sunil Biswas. She went missing on April 19,2006. In this case,Pandher was made an accused of rape and murder with Koli and the case has been chargesheeted. This case would probably be the last to come up for hearing.

Payal (5) —daughter of Mukesh Kumar. She went missing on June 4,2005. In this chargesheet too,only Koli is the accused.

Bina Haldhar (14) —daughter of Gopal Haldhar. She went missing on March 15,2005. Again in this case,Pandher was given a clean chit.

Soni (06) —daughter of Vinod Singh,resident of Morna village in sector-35. She went missing on September 25,2004. The CBI has not filed any chargesheet in this case yet. Koli has been charged with rape and murder.

18. Sheikh Raza (13) —son of Sonia Aslam. He went missing on July 1,2005. The CBI has not filed any chargesheet in this case.

Unknown victim. —details unavailable with agency yet. Case with CBI but chargesheet has not been filed yet.

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