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A special CBI court on Wednesday awarded death penalty to Surinder Koli in the Deepali rape and murder case. Earlier, special CBI Judge AK Singh pronounced the verdict and held Koli guilty in the case of rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl Deepali.Koli, the domestic help of Moninder Singh Pandher, was the prime accused in the case. The body parts of Deepali were found in a drain in Nithari in Noida in 2006.Koli has already been awarded death sentence by the special court in three of 19 cases filed in connection with the rape and murder of children and a young woman in Nithari.

The brutal killings that shocked the country came to light when their body parts were found in a drain behind Pandher’s D 31 bungalow in Nithari in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

On February 13, 2009, the duo were 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 year Koli was held guilty two other cases of rape and murder of eight-year-old Aarti and nine-year-old Rachna this year.

The mother of Deepali, who was missing since June 2006 and whose name was mentioned in the complaint lodged in December that year about the children missing from the area, had identified her daughter through her footwear.

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