Who killed Aarushi and Hemraj? Nobody knows
Nine years, three investigations by as many teams, two sets of suspects and different theories later, the mystery around the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case remains unsolved, and it’s back to square one.
The case was probed by the UP police first and then by two separate teams of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
From day one, the case has seen many twists and turns. Soon after Aarushi’s murder, domestic help Hemraj Banjade was declared the prime suspect since he was found missing. The next day his blood-soaked body was found on the terrace of their flat.
A week later, the UP police arrested Rajesh, claiming he had confessed to the crime. With the crime scene not being guarded to get crucial forensic evidence, the UP police only banked on the “confession” to declare Rajesh the killer and hinted at an honour killing angle. With the UP police facing flak, the case was transferred to the CBI.
CBI teams never probed the botched-up investigation by the UP police, and how crucial evidence was lost in the first 24 hours of the crime. The dressing up of the crime scene was never investigated either.
With no crucial recoveries like that of the murder weapon, the CBI depended on various disclosures, narcoanalysis of key players and a sound test in the Talwar household to reach the conclusion that the couple in their room with the AC on could not hear anything happening in the adjacent room where Aarushi was killed.
The CBI’s final theory that led to the conviction of Talawars was that two types of weapons were used — one was a heavy and blunt object and the other a sharp and light instrument.
The blunt injury was caused first and was sufficient to cause death. The identical measurement of the lacerated wound by the blunt weapon on both victims shows the use of the same weapon. But till date the two objects remain untraced.
Other than the parents, three domestic helps — Raj Kumar, Vijay Mandal and Krishna, who knew the Talwars — were also arrested by the first CBI team and given a clean chit by the other.
After probing the case for a little over a month, the CBI declared on July 11, 2008 that the Talwars were innocent.