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Noida police unearth more kids' skeletons

Police stumbled on the skeletons while investigating the murder of a girl who was missing from Nithari village in the area.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 15:49 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

A day after unearthing 15 human skulls, skeletal remains and fragments of clothes— all suspected to be of slain children— from a house near the Indian capital, police on Saturday found the skull of another victim who was allegedly sexually abused and then strangled to death by a psychopathic killer duo.

Police stumbled on the skeletons while investigating the murder of a girl who was missing from Nithari village in the area for the past six months. Sardar Mohinder Singh, a businessman and owner of the house in Noida's sector 31, from where the skeletons were found, and his domestic help Surendra Kohli, alias Satish, were arrested on Friday.

Police believe the two were psychopathic serial killers who would lure children into the house, sexually abuse and strangle them and later dump the bodies in a drain behind the house.

"We have recovered 16 skeletons till now, but the figure could rise as more skeletal remains are being found from the drain," said Rajesh Kumar Singh Rathore, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Noida.

The skeletons are suspected to be of 38 children, mostly minor girls, who had one missing in the area while playing near a water tank of the village over almost two years.

"We are searching the drain in front of and one behind the house. We have not started searching the house till now," said Rathore. The 15th skull had been recovered at around midnight on Friday.

Most of the missing children, between 3-11 years of age, were girls and residents of Nithari village that lay sandwiched between affluent homes in this booming suburban town. They belonged to migrant families from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal and their parents earned a livelihood as domestic helps, drivers and fruit and vegetable vendors.

"It is too early to reveal the details of the investigations. The two men would strangle the children, cut them into pieces and bury the bodies in a two-feet deep ditch behind the house," said the police official. "We have recovered blades from the house that must have been used as cutters."

"Both the men have admitted to their crime," added Rathore.

The duo would lure the children into the lavish white-coloured bungalow by offering them sweets.

"A small room on the first floor of the house was used for cutting the bodies before stacking them in bags and burying them behind the house," he added.

First Published: Dec 30, 2006 15:49 IST