Nithari killings: Court holds Surinder Koli guilty of murder of Nanda Devi

Ghaziabad: A Ghaziabad special CBI court on Wednesday pronounced Surinder Koli guilty of the murder of Nanda Devi in the 2006 Nithari serial killing case.

The quantum of punishment, however, will be pronounced on October 7.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had sought the response of Koli on a plea of the Uttar Pradesh Government against the Allahabad High Court’s verdict that commuted his death penalty to life term.

Koli is the accused of gruesome killings of Nanda Devi and Rimpa Halder.

Koli is also the accused of sexually assaulting girls before killing them, and allegedly eating them.

The case came into light when two Nithari residents hinted his involvement in the disappearance of several children over the past two years since 2004.

The case was further strengthened when carcasses of children were found in the drain outside the house of businessman Moninder Singh Pandher, where Koli worked as a servant.

On February 13, 2009, Koli was sentenced to death by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad.

The high court had passed the order while allowing a PIL filed by People’s Union for Democratic Rights, clubbed with another petition filed by Koli himself.