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We have all the links, say police

The Noida Police claims the bloodstains found in one of the bathrooms of the Sector 31 bungalow could help piece together the Nithari puzzle, reports Abhishek Bhalla.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2007 05:35 IST

The Noida Police on Sunday claimed that the bloodstains found in one of the bathrooms of the Sector 31 bungalow could help piece together the Nithari puzzle.

A team of forensic experts scanned the bungalow of Moninder Singh Pandher, main accused in the serial killings case, and the adjoining buildings on Saturday.

“We found blood in one of the bathrooms. The team also picked up some fingerprints from the house,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) RKS Rathore.

Legal experts have a different take on the case. They say it is premature to say bloodstains found in the house are good evidence. “It will be a clinching evidence only if the blood matches the DNA samples of the victims,” said Mukta Gupta, public prosecutor in the Jessica Lall case.

A recap of the investigations so far: enough Evidence, say police: “We have some crucial evidence like recovery of skeletal remains behind Pandher’s house. We tracked the IMEI number of Payal’s mobile phone to Surendra who later confessed to killing her,” said Rathore.

“There is overwhelming evidence in the form of skeletal remains but they have been found outside the house. It is too early to say if it is sufficient to convict the two accused,” said Gupta.

The police also said that they would also use as evidence the fact that the number of kidnappings increased in the area only after Pandher moved in.

Does a confession hold in court? The police have taped parts of the confessions the two accused made in their custody. According to the police, Pandher said that he sexually assaulted his victims. Pandher accepted that he used to regularly have sex with Payal (one of the 17 victims) and when she blackmailed him, he asked Surendra to kill her. Said KTS Tulsi, a senior Supreme Court advocate about the confessions: “If in this case, the confession has led to the recovery of skeletons, it will be admissible in court.”

Skeletons and nude pictures: The police claim that apart from the skeletal remains, they have found nude photographs of children, pornographic material and CDs from the house pointing to the possibility of a sex racket being run from the house. “We don’t have anything to prove that Moninder filmed his victims,” said Rathore. The police had recovered a laptop and a web camera raising suspicions that Pandher might have filmed his victims.

CBI’s role: CBI is expected to start their investigations any time after the official procedures are completed. “We expect the CBI to take over by Monday,” said Rathore.

Email Abhishek Bhalla: abhishek.bhalla@hindustantimes.com