Nithari killings: Allahabad HC stays execution of Surinder Koli till Nov 25

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Allahabad, Oct 31: Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the execution of Nithari's serial killer Surinder Koli.

On October 28, Tuesday, the Supreme Court had rejected Koli's plea seeking recall of the judgment upholding his death sentence in Rimpa Haldar murder case.

Since September, Koli has been spending anxious last days in prison here as he awaits the hangman's noose, reads religious books, and asks officials whether hanging is "painful".

He has been lodged in Meerut jail after his death warrant was issued. He was shifted out of the Dasna prison in Ghaziabad which housed him for almost a decade.

He was arrested from the D-5 Kothi in Noida in 2005 after news of the sensational killing of children broke in the village of Nithari skirting a middle class Noida neighourhood. Most of the killed were children of household helps and others who worked in Noida homes as drivers, guards, etc.

Koli was to be executed between Sep 10 and 12, but a bench of Chief Justice-designate Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Anil R. Dave passed the order in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, suspending Koli's execution on his appeal.

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