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Noida: 15 skeletons identified

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January 02, 2007 14:09 IST

Fifteen out of the 17 skeletons recovered from near Moninder Singh Pandher's house, where children were murdered after being sexually abused, have been identified.

Ten bodies were identified by one of the co-accused, Surendra Koli, when he was confronted with photographs of missing persons of Nithari village, during interrogation, Superintendent of Police (Noida) Soumitra Yadav told PTI.

The parents and relatives of the missing children identified five other bodies after clothes and slippers recovered from Moninder's place were shown to them. The remaining two are yet to be identified, he added.

Meanwhile, security has been stepped up in the area, which witnessed violence during the last two days when angry residents tried to storm Moninder's house.

More barricades have been placed and extra force deployed on the streets as senior officials of the Uttar Pradesh government are scheduled to visit the area.

A senior official said the digging operations in search of more body parts have been stopped and cleaning of debris is now underway.

Parents and relatives of the children who have gone missing are reaching the site from places located as far as Faridabad and Ghaziabad.

The killings came to light when the police recovered skulls and body parts last Friday from a ditch behind Pandher's house in Sector 31, Noida. Moninder and his domestic help Surendra were arrested the same day for allegedly kidnapping and murdering over 30 children after sexually abusing them.

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