//Arrest lawyers: Moninder's son

Arrest lawyers: Moninder's son

CNN-IBN, January 26, 2007

Noida: The Uttar Pradesh Police have registered a criminal case in connection with the assault on Moninder Singh Pandher and Surendra Koli, prime accused in the Nithari serial killings case.

On Thursday, a mob of lawyers and localites beat Moninder and Surendra senseless outside the Gaziabad District Court.

Moninder's son, Karandeep Pandher, who lives in Chandigarh with his mother, has alleged human rights violation and has threatened action against the lawyers who attempted to lynch his father.

"We will sue the lawyers of Ghaziabad District Court. We will approach Amnesty International against the treatment meted out to my father," he had said on Thursday.

While security has been stepped up outside Moninder's Chandigarh house, Karandeep has demanded that an attempt to murder case be lodged against those who attacked his father.

"I request the state and the Central Government to file an FIR against those who assaulted my father. It's a case of human rights abuse," he stated.

Moninder, along with co-accused Surendra Koli, were produced by the CBI at the court on Thursday for an extension of their remand and were being escorted by the police to a lock up nearby, when lawyers and angry locals attacked them.

Moninder, in his fifities, was punched, kicked and pulled by his hair by the enraged crowd, who wanted the duo to be handed over to the public. He fainted after he was beaten up.

The situation had turned volatile earlier at the court premises when the judge had not allowed lawyers or the media inside the court.

Protesting lawyers shouted slogans and started breaking the window panes of the courtroom. The police then decided to hurry Moninder and Surendra out of the courtroom and take them to a nearby lockup.

It was when the duo was being escorted out of the courtroom that the lawyers and locals attacked them. The prime target of the public's ire was Moninder as it is widely believed that he is the one who actually killed the children.

The police were far outnumbered by the angry crowd and had to finally resort to mild baton charge to bring the situation under control.

However, a CT scan later, the doctors declared him fit, saying that the injuries were only external and that there were no internal hemorrhages.

Police personnel injured during the attack have also undergone medical examination.

On December 29, skeletal remains of missing children from nearby areas were unearthed from a drain behind Moninder's residence in Sector 31, Noida.

Parents and relatives of the victims had then tried to burn down Moninder's residence.

The two have been accused of sexually abusing the children, before brutally killing them. The grisly case has taken many twists and turns since then with allegations like necrophilia, organ trade and cannibalism doing the rounds.

Badly shaken by the ghoulish serial killings, several families living in Nithari village have started fleeing the area.