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CBI digs deeper, police scurry for cover

CBI officials said on Sunday that they found bundles and polythene bags containing parts of human torsos, report Tushar Srivastava and Kapil Datta.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2007 01:49 IST

A dozen bags stuffed with parts of human torsos have been scooped out by the Central Bureau of Investigation from the site of the Nithari serial killings, leaving Noida Police struggling to answer why crucial evidence keeps turning up after long its probe ended.

CBI officials said on Sunday that they found bundles and polythene bags containing parts of human torsos while scouring drains that had not been searched by the Noida Police.

On Saturday, three skulls had been recovered from the main drain, which is connected to the drain near D-5, the home where prime suspects Moninder Singh Pandher and Surinder Koli lived in Noida’s Sector 31. Investigators have also recovered clothes, slippers and other items allegedly belonging to the victims.

Noida’s Senior Superintendent of Police RKS Rathore said his force had failed to recover the evidence now being revealed, because “earlier the work had to be stopped due to deteriorating law and order situation.” The house was attacked by furious mobs after the body parts began to be recovered from the area.

Another senior Noida Police officer said that although the district magistrate had ordered the clean-up of drains up to two kilometers on either side of D-5, they could not do so due to the presence of a large number of people. CBI sources said bones and flesh had also been recovered from inside D-5 although the house had been thoroughly searched by the local police on a number of occasions. However, senior CBI officials declined to comment on this.

The recovery of torsos could set aside the theory that Pandher and Koli were involved in the organ trade. This is the first time that torsos have been found at the crime scene. Earlier, Noida Police had found skulls and other body parts but the missing torsos had made them believe that the suspects, in collusion with some doctors, might have been involved in illegal organ trade. That theory was supported by the recovery of surgical implements and knives from Pandher’s house.

“We have found around a dozen bundles containing body parts, which are being examined by our team of forensic experts,” a senior CBI official said on condition of anonymity.

“After the recovery of torsos, we are quite sure that these killings were the work of a psychopath and there does not seem anything more to it,” an official said, also declining to be named.

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First Published: Jan 15, 2007 01:49 IST