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CBI team visits D-5, meets suspended police officer

Investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the Nithari serial killings gathered speed on Friday, report Tushar Srivastava and Kapil Datta.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2007 01:39 IST
Tushar Srivastava and Kapil Datta
Tushar Srivastava and Kapil Datta

Investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the Nithari serial killings gathered speed on Friday as senior CBI officials inspected the crime spot: house D-5, Sector 31, Noida. The officials, including the CBI director, were accompanied by a team of forensic experts.

“The entire crime spot has been videotaped and every single corner closely examined by senior officials and forensic experts. The drain where the skeletons were dumped was dug up and examined. Everything was recorded on video,” said a senior CBI official, adding, “We plan to dig up the entire area to ensure that no more skeletal remains are left there.”

The wall behind the house has been demolished to facilitate the search for evidence in the drain.

The officials’ visit came two days after CBI took over the probe into the killings. The investigating agency has finished the procedure to re-register all the 19 cases concerning the Nithari killings.

The team of senior forensic experts who accompanied the CBI officials included KPC Gandhi from the Andhra Pradesh Forensic Science Laboratory, T.D. Dogra, the head of Forensic Department of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and S.R. Singh, the director of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory.

“Crucial forensic evidence has been collected from the spot. The forensic examination will continue in the coming days,” said the CBI official.

Meanwhile, the grilling of the two prime suspects in the case -- owner of the house Moninder Singh Pandher and his cook Surendra Koli -- began on Friday. A specially constituted team is interrogating the two. Sources said that the agency had summoned a suspended Noida Police officer for questioning on alleged lapses. The agency sleuths might also question employees at nearby hospitals and nursing homes amid reports that the Nithari killings were linked to human-organ trade, sources said.

Commenting on allegations that Pandher’s maid Maya had told some reporters that she had washed the bloodstained clothes, SSP RKS Rathore said, “During police interrogation she did not reveal much.”

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