A special court has sentenced an Indian businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surender Koli to death for the brutal rape and murder of a 25-year-old housemaid in their home in Noida city on the outskirts of the national capital in 2006.
Handing down the punishment in the latest case, special CBI judge P.K. Tiwari said both Koli and Pandher were involved in the rape and murder of housemaid Anjali in 2006, and they deserved to be punished in the strictest manner.
“Koli had dragged the victim inside the house and made her unconscious, raped her, and then ate her flesh, therefore death sentence is the only option in law.
“Pandher was also involved in the crime. Both will be hanged till death,” the court held.
Anjali, who used to work as a housemaid in Noida, was reported missing in October 2006.
Her killing came to light after Koli’s arrest in December that year when police discovered skulls and bones of 16 persons, mostly children, near Pandher’s house.
The woman’s body was among those of 19 victims found from the backyard of Pandher’s house at Nithari village in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. This was the ninth among the 16 cases in which Koli was convicted by the court. This was also the third case in which both Pandher and Koli were convicted.
During a search in the area behind Pandher’s house, the Noida Police had recovered skeletal remains. It was DNA testing of one of the remains that matched with the mother and brother of the victim. Her clothes from the skeletal remains were also identified by her relatives. A charge sheet was filed by the CBI on June 22, 2007.