The Noida Police on Sunday fished out more severed limbs and lumps of flesh stashed in a bag from the drain running outside the house of Moninder Singh Pandher in Noida’s Sector 31.
SP City (Noida) Saumitra Yadav said 17 bodies had been found, of which 10 had been identified. “We have not come across any more skulls till now — an indicator of the body count,” said Yadav. “So the death count remains 17. But more severed limbs and pieces of flesh were recovered today.”
The police suspect that a sex racket was being run from the house. Yadav said that Surendra had confessed to raping girls even after they were dead. “He said that the two boys were picked up because they looked like girls,” Yadav said.
“We are on the lookout for a pimp named Neelam of Faridabad, who allegedly supplied prostitutes to the house,” said a police officer.
Angry villagers, meanwhile, lost their cool on Sunday afternoon when Bahujan Samajwadi Party leader Mayawati reached the spot and tried to talk to the affected families. A mob of over 1,000 villagers blocked traffic and prevented Mayawati from leaving.
They waved slippers at her and shouted slogans against her for trying to politicise the issue. And while the police were busy trying to control the unruly mob, a group of villagers broke the seals on Pandher’s house and entered the premises.
They pelted the house with stones and damaged a car and windowpanes. It took a lot of persuasion by the police and a mild lathicharge for the villagers to relent. “If you damage the house, you will destroy all the evidence. You are spoiling your own case,” a policeman told the rioting villagers.
Krishna Sharma, a villager who was allowed inside Pandher’s house, said: “There are hordes of beer bottles, children’s undergarments, at least a dozen women’s sandals and clothes piled up in a heap inside. We were not allowed to touch anything.
”Mamta was able to recognise a pair of sandals and some clothes inside the house as those belonging to her sister Madhu, 20. “Didi went missing two months ago,” said Mamta. “I saw her clothes inside. I am sure she is dead. I cannot believe she met such a horrific fate.”
The police said Pandher and his servant Satish used to chop the heads of their victims, pack them in gunny bags and dump them in a drain in the rear of the house.
“The rest of the body parts were packed in separate bags and dumped in a drain in front of the house,” said another police officer. “Since this went on for two years, it is likely that many limbs would have been washed away during the monsoon rains.” Also on Sunday, the police suspended two more police constables, Kale Singh and Shiromani, posted on the Nithari beat.