Who killed Aarushi and Hem­raj? No­body knows

DNA (Delhi) - - NEWS - Ab­hishek Bhalla ab­hishek.bhalla@dnain­dia.net

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.

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