With the issuance of a death warrant against Nithari serial killer Surinder Koli for Rimpa Halder's murder, the decks are now clear for his hanging. The warrant sent to the UP government asks it to make the required preparations for Koli's execution.
Earlier, President Pranab Mukhejree had rejected his mercy petition. Koli has been awarded a death sentence in five of the 16 cases lodged against him. The sentence in the rest of the cases is yet to be pronounced. The CBI had chargesheeted him in 16 cases for allegedly killing children after sexually abusing them.
The gory details of the case were discovered in 2006 when a missing girl was found murdered later by Koli. Investigations led the probe team into more gruesome murders of children and their remains were recovered from a drain near Koli’s residence, where he worked as a domestic servant. Koli had given a confessional statement claiming to have even cut some of his victims and cooking their meat. He also had sex with some victims after killing them. The Supreme Court, while rejecting his mercy petition, had said that the confessions had been made voluntarily before the magistrate and there was no defect in it.
Koli, who brutally killed children in Nithari village of Noida, was awarded the death sentence, later upheld by the Allahabad high court and confirmed by the Supreme Court. His employer Moninder Singh Pandher, was also sentenced to death in the case but was acquitted by the Allahabad High Court.