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An Indian couple have been convicted of murdering their daughter Aarushi Talwar and their Nepalese servant, Hemraj Banjade. Aarushi-Hemraj murder case: The couple have been lodged in Dasna of their daughter Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj Banjade. Good Weekend · Quizzes · Weather At first police blamed the servant for murdering Aarushi Talwar, 13, but now her killing their daughter and Nepalese employee Hemraj Banjade in the capital's suburb of Noida in May The murders have raised awkward questions about the relationship between.
Praful Durrani, who also visited the house, claimed that the policeman initially dismissed the spot on the terrace door as rust, and was also dismissive of the bloodstains on the floor.
According to Varshney, the police told him that the killer must have tried to escape through or hide weapon on the terrace, but returned after finding it locked. Rohit Kochhar later testified that when a policeman asked Rajesh for the terrace key, he "went into the house and did not come out for a long time. SP Mahesh Mishra testified that he had asked the terrace door to be opened on 16 May.
However, his subordinates told him that Rajesh Talwar couldn't find the key and they couldn't find a mechanic to break open the door. Several visitors continued to arrive at the Talwars' house which was being managed by Dinesh Talwar with their condolences. These visitors included retired police officer K. Gautam, who had been requested by Sushil Chaudhury to come to the Talwars' house. After arriving at the house, Gautam examined the rooms of Aarushi and Hemraj.
Dinesh then showed him the blood stains on the terrace door handle. According to Gautam, Dinesh requested him to get the terrace door lock opened. Gautam then called SP Mahesh Mishra, and told him that the lock needed to be broken. Mishra promised that he would himself visit the crime scene, and meanwhile, sent the station officer Dataram Nauneria to the apartment.
The key to the terrace was still missing. Anita Durrani asked the Talwars' neighbour Puneesh Tandon if he had a duplicate key to the Talwars' terrace, to which Tandon replied in the negative. A body "in advanced stage of putrefaction " was discovered lying in a pool of blood at about Meanwhile, SP Mahesh Mishra also reached the spot. Rajesh went upstairs to identify the body. He told the police that he couldn't be sure that the body was that of Hemraj, due to the injuries and the decomposition.
Later, a friend of Hemraj identified the body as his. At Haridwar, Rajesh entered the time of Aarushi's death as 2 am in the priest's records. Then, their throats were slit with a sharp weapon. There was no sign of asphyxia.
The CBI closure report also mentions an injury on the occipital bonebut according to the Talwars' lawyers, the only injury mentioned by the post-mortem report is one on the left parietal bone. Hemraj had identical cuts on the neck at the same position.
The first hit on the forehead resulted in her death within two minutes, as indicated by the blood clot size. The defence argued that the CBI officers had drawn the words "golf club" from Dohre's mouth.The Talwars Break Their Silence - Hotstar Exclusive
RK Sharma, who told the court that this fracture could not have been caused by a golf club. The identical measurements of the lacerated wounds indicated that the same weapon was used on both the victims. In Maythe forensic scientists remarked that the wounds displayed a "clinical precision and careful thought", as they were inflicted at the right spot to cut the windpipe and dissect the vital left common carotid artery which supplies oxygenated blood to the brain.
By Junethe CBI's suspicion had shifted to the three Nepali men, and the weapon was believed to be a kukria type of Nepali knife. InCBI told the court that according to the faculty at the Talwars' alma mater Maulana Azad Medical Collegetheir dental students were taught surgery.
The defence argued that a dentist's scalpel has a cutting surface of about a centimeter: RK Sharma, the wounds could have been caused by surgical scalpel No. Her face was covered with her schoolbag. However, there was no blood on the toys, the schoolbag and the pink pillow kept on the back of the bed.
These items were within the range of the splashed blood area, which indicates that they were placed on the bed after the murder. Aarushi's body lay undisturbed on the bed, and the bed sheet was laid out smoothly. Sunil Dohre marked Aarushi's genital area as "nothing abnormal detected", thus ruling out a sexual assault, but also noted the presence of a "whitish discharge" at her vagina. The whitish discharge sample was sent for pathological examination at the local district hospital, which reported absence of semen.
However, later, inwhen this vaginal swab sample was sent to CBI's forensic labs, it was suspected to have been tampered with see below. Ultimately, the CBI concluded that the sample had got contaminated, but not deliberately tampered with.
Urmila Sharma testified that the whitish discharge is normal in and year-old girls after the beginning of a menstrual cycle. There was no such wet patch on her pyjamaswhich were untied; no urine or any other bodily fluid was found on her underwear either. The lower garments of Aarushi appeared to have been pulled up or pulled down, as her buttock cleavage was visible.
CBI suspected that her pelvic area was swabbed clean, and the pyjamas were pulled up afterwards. Dohre stated that Aarushi's private parts were "extraordinarily dilated", although there were no signs of rape. He also stated that her vaginal orifice was "unduly large", the mouth of her cervix was visible and the whitish discharge was confined to the vagina, when it should have spread to the "entire area".
Dohre stated that he had not mentioned these observations in his original report, because these were his "subjective findings", and because "the findings were non-specific and were very strange". He thus concluded that Aarushi's private parts appeared to have been cleaned after she died.
The body was dragged towards to AC unit, as the quantity of blood was more near the AC unit. An expert from FSL Gandhinagar as well as a team of experts from CFSL concluded that the drag mark on the roof resulted from a blood-soaked body being dragged after being kept in a bed sheet.
So, unless the killer cleaned up the original murder spot, Hemraj seems to have been killed on the terrace. The blood found on the staircase leading to the terrace on 17 May might have come from the mattress that the cleaners were trying to dump on the terrace.
The investigators found a smudged blood-stained palm print on the terrace wall. The blood was later identified as that of Hemraj, but the print could not be identified. However, the police did not check this. Naresh Raj told the court that Hemraj's penis was swollen when his body was brought for autopsy. According to him, this meant that he was either in middle of a sexual intercourseor was about to have one. The defence lawyer cited a medical book which stated that this swelling of penis after death was normal.
In response, the doctor stated that his conclusion was not based on any medical authority, but on experiences from his own married life. According to this statement, Gautam saw three glasses, two of which had some quantity of liquor in them, while the third one was empty. He also found three bottles: Kingfisher beera Sprite and Sula whisky. However, inGautam told the court that there was no liquor in any of the glasses. He also stated that he had not suggested presence of three people in the room, based on the state of the mattress.
When questioned about the discrepancies, he stated that the investigating officer should be asked why his statements were not recorded correctly. There were two known sets of keys to the house entrance. One set was with the Talwars, and another with Hemraj. Nupur threw down one bunch of keys to the maid on the morning of 16 May.
According to Nupur, Hemraj's keys would usually be kept on the sideboardbut she couldn't find them on that morning; so, she threw down her own keys to the maid. The question whether this key was that of Nupur or Hemraj was initially relevant to the investigation, as there were reports that the middle grill door had been locked from outside with a key If both the keys were inside and CBI was right, it could mean that the parents locked the door, then went inside their apartment through Hemraj's door which they locked from inside, in order to mislead the investigators.
However, later, the maid Bharati's testimony in the court established that the door was merely latched from outside. Thus, if the killers were not the parents, they could have shut the innermost wooden door which automatically locked when shutand then latched the middle grill door from outside.
When she came back at the gate after collecting the bunch of keys which Nupur had thrown downshe could open it by pushing it. According to the Talwars, this key was present in Hemraj's bunch of keys, which went missing after the murders. Aarushi's door could either be opened from inside, or from outside with a key. Usually, her room would be locked at the night, and its keys would be at Nupur's bedside.
There was no sign of forced entry in Aarushi's room. On the morning of 16 May, the key was found in its shoe-shaped key ring, on top of a framed wall sculpture near the house entrance, in the living room. Air conditioners were on in both bedrooms. A police report would later note Rajesh sent an email to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry at The doorbell woke Nupur and Rajesh at about 6 a. Hemraj usually let in the maid but a groggy Nupur had to answer the front door.
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Nupur tried his cell phone. No one answered and the ringing stopped abruptly. When she called again, the phone had been switched off. Rajesh came into the living room. He was surprised to see a near-empty whisky bottle on the dining table. Surprise turned to alarm. They rushed into her bedroom.
There she lay in her blue pyjamas, covered by a sheet, the schoolbag on her face. Underneath, her head turned to one side, a necklace of blood. Those first few days are a blur for Rajesh and Nupur. They die a little every day. The media gathered by 8, drawn to a story about murder in an affluent neighbourhood. Hemraj, still missing, was the prime suspect. Police did not cordon off the crime scene.
A neighbour testified later that he had pointed out the blood to a policeman, who mused about the door being an escape route. The key could not be found and police did not break open the door. A post-mortem was conducted by noon. The doctor said there was no sign of it, but that the vaginal discharge would be tested.
The body was brought home and laid on ice slabs in the living room. A large piece of the mattress had been cut out and sent to a forensics lab along with the pillow, bedsheet and clothes. When cleaners took the mattress to the terrace, it dripped blood on the stairs. Family elders pushed for cremation, saying it would give the parents closure. Dinesh reconfirmed that police did not need the body for further examination. Aarushi was cremated around 5 p. The wood pyre burned through the night.
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty of Aarushi and Hemraj murders
The ashes would be collected the next day in a hand-stitched cloth bag and immersed in the holy Ganges River. My aunt and my uncle had, through travel, broadened their outlook and embraced cosmopolitan values. Nupur was my cool cousin who spent the first few years of her life in England, where her father, an Indian Air Force officer, was posted at the High Commission in London. I call her Nupur didi — a respectful address for an older sister. Nupur was shy but academically brilliant.
In the mids, when she brought home fellow dental school student Rajesh Talwar, a Punjabi, there was no hue and cry at home. As with cross-racial partnerships in Canada, marrying outside the community is still rare in India. But Nupur had not been exposed to orthodoxy. She had never been expected to serve elders and men in the family before feeding herself. Rajesh and Nupur were married in Nupur moved from Delhi to suburban Noida so her parents could help with the baby.
While Nupur was busy building her career, her mother fed Aarushi, soothed her, played with her, taught her. And when Aarushi was older, she stayed with her grandparents after school, until her parents were done with their patients. Aarushi was a picky eater, my aunt, a fabulous cook. My aunt is a gentle soul, given to putting family ahead of herself, fretting and feeding everyone.
When she talks, it is with a smile playing about her lips. That smile is all but gone. Among them was retired police officer K. He had a slit mark on his throat and many injury marks on his body. His body was severely decomposed. A chunk of the wall was removed and sent to a forensics lab. Police photographed a bloody shoe print on the terrace. It also noted abrasions to his elbows. Every development, every twist, was covered by the media.
National talk shows dissected the case. Police were usually anonymously quoted. TV networks hired private investigators. The media hammered away with questions. How could the parents have slept through the murders? Why did they rush to cremate Aarushi? Why did they clean the crime scene so quickly? The house was rich with evidence.
But police missed the dead body on the roof. They were unable to identify fingerprints on the whisky bottle, which had been found with the blood of Aarushi and Hemraj. But the tone of investigation changed. Did it involve adults? Why would she not want you there? After he accused Rajesh of an extra-marital affair, Gurdarshan Singh said that Rajesh had gone out at around 9: No evidence was presented.
The character assassination of Aarushi sparked outrage. Her schoolmates rallied at a candlelit protest in Delhi. Says her classmate Rajeshwari: She had a beautiful relationship with her parents. She had lots of friends.
She had no reason to look for affection elsewhere. The child is not even there to defend herself. A month later, the inspector-general was transferred. Two months after that, he was transferred back. Three years later, he was promoted to additional director-general. She remembers sitting at a studio but not much else.
She spoke coherently and was devoid of emotion.
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To viewers, her stony face was damning evidence of guilt. Aarushi had been dead 10 days and Rajesh arrested for three when Nupur broke out of her emotional paralysis.
Our cousin Smita, a meditation trainer at a spiritual group called the Art of Livinghelped unlock her feelings. It was a tremendous outpouring of pain and grief and lasted 45 minutes before it subsided into normal tears. I just let her be. Chitnis, 80, is a decorated war veteran of the Indian Air Force.
When Nupur was born, my uncle was away fighting the India-Pakistan War of He recalls rolling into Punjab on the way to Pakistan and the soldiers being hailed as heroes, being plied with rotis and other food. We had hopes of a country that would be united and strong.
Today, my uncle is a shell of his former self, his strong voice the only clue to his once-arresting persona. He and my aunt attend every court proceeding. He draws strength from his near-death experiences in war. That gives courage to a person, ultimately. I wish I was not born in this country. For months, media feasted on leaks from unnamed police sources. As the whispers grew louder, the well-to-do professionals morphed into extravagantly wealthy deviants who, if allowed, would buy their way out of murder.
The murderer, of course, was the father. That Aarushi and Hemraj had been in her bedroom that night. There was no evidence of a relationship. There had never been a rumour in the neighbourhood. Who planted the idea? A man in his early 20s.
Its initial mandate to investigate federal government corruption expanded to include murders, kidnappings and terrorism. A special crimes division was set up in Today it is the national investigative agency. Kumar was no stranger to high-profile cases. Inhe had been involved in a shootout in Calcutta that ended with four gangsters killed.
So Kumar turned to polygraph lie-detector and brain-mapping tests and narco-analysis — administering the so-called truth serum. These tests analyze people in three states — conscious, semi-conscious and unconscious.
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Two years later, the Supreme Court of India would rule them unconstitutional but it would let investigators use these tests for leads. Rajesh and Nupur took two lie-detector and one brain-mapping tests. None showed evidence of deception. Nothing could be heard in their bedroom. The CBI found no evidence that Hemraj had been killed in the house. The agency turned its attention to Krishna.
He was the only one who had told state police Rajesh was having an extra-marital affair and that Hemraj and Aarushi were somehow involved.
As well, after Nupur tried calling Hemraj on the morning after the murder, tracking technology showed the phone had been in the cluster of flats where the Talwars lived. Krishna lived there, too.
The CBI gave Krishna polygraph and brain-mapping tests. Investigators searched his house and took a pillow cover, a blood-stained kukri and trousers. The pillow cover would later prove to be crucial evidence. Rajesh was still in jail on July 11, when Arun Kumar held a press conference. The CBI had found no evidence either. What he said next was explosive. After being administered truth serum, Krishna had confessed to the crime and had incriminated two other men — Raj Kumar, a servant, and Vijay Mandal a.
Shambhua driver in the neighbourhood. The other two joined them. She was first hit by a hard, blunt object. They tried to sexually abuse her. That led to a scuffle.
They went to a terrace, and on the terrace after a lot of struggle, Hemraj was killed. They locked down the terrace, and came down in the room of Aarushi and then slit her neck. But this drug-induced confession was not enough to charge the men. The agency was going to pursue other evidence, Kumar said. Rajesh was released on bail after 50 days in prison.
In September, the three men were also released. The bail order said polygraph, lie-detector and narco-analysis tests showed they were involved in the killings, but police could find no hard evidence.
One year later, Kumar was removed from the case. The state government simply said his tenure at the CBI had ended. Within weeksthe fresh look led to a fresh story. First, the suggestion that her virginity had been long lost. In India, honour killing is a stereotype of the north, including Punjab. Talwar is a Punjabi surname. Dohare retroactively backed this analysis by making another material addition months later. The CBI analysis also changed the murder weapon that delivered the blunt force.
The final report was supposed to provide definitive answers.