Ghaziabad: A special CBI court here on Wednesday awarded the death sentence to Surinder Koli, convict in the sensational Nithari killings case, for rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl.

For 38-year-old Koli, domestic help of businessman and accused Moninder Singh Pandher, it was the second death sentence out of a total of 19 gruesome killings in 2006.

“Koli was accused of killing a lot of young girls and women. The whole country was shocked. The court took note of his brutality and considered it as a rarest of rare crime and awarded [the] death sentence to him,” CBI lawyer J.P. Sharma said.

Special CBI judge A.K. Singh handed down the capital punishment under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC along with life imprisonment under Section 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), besides imposing a fine of Rs.3,000.

Koli broke down as Mr. Singh pronounced the verdict.

Koli and Pandher were, on February 13, 2009, sentenced to death in the Rimpa Haldar case in the first verdict in the Nithari killings. However, Pandher was acquitted by the Allahabad High Court on September 11 last. — PTI

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