Nithari killings: count may cross 40

Investigators have recovered over 40 bags containing skulls, bones and flesh over the past three days, reports Tushar Srivastava.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 02:40 IST

The death count in Nithari’s serial killings could cross 40.

Investigators on Monday said interrogation of the two main suspects have led to the recovery of more than 40 bags containing skulls, bones and flesh over the past three days.

The new findings, after sustained grilling of businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surender Koli, are a severe indictment of the seemingly tardy investigation carried out by Noida Police before the probe was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

New facts and evidence have kept turning up long after Noida Police wound up its probe into the deaths and the case was handed over to the CBI on January 10 amid public outrage against the suspects and the police.

The recoveries by the CBI team, headed by special director ML Sharma, pieced together a part of the horrific jigsaw: only 17 skulls had been found by the police despite the disappearance of 38 people, mostly children, from Nithari over the past two years.

“Biomaterials packed in more than 40 polythene bags have been recovered from the drain in front of the house of the accused persons. In addition, pieces of human bones have been recovered,” said CBI spokesman G Mohanty. “The seized materials have been sent to the laboratory for post mortem, individualisation and DNA extraction.”

“Out of the 40 bags, we have found more than a dozen skulls,” said another CBI official. Apart from this, the other human remains found in the bags indicated that the death toll could cross 40.

The death count in the case is a complicated and grisly process. Body parts have been chopped and severed, and packed in dozens of bags, and scattered in the clogged drain near Pandher’s house.

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First Published: Jan 16, 2007 02:40 IST