Friday, February 28, 2014

Parrot Identifies Murderer

India Times
27 February 2014

Neelam, wife of a local Hindi newspaper editor Vijay Sharma, was found murdered at her residence in Balkeshwar colony here on February 20, police said.

While the police were looking for the killer, Sharma noted a change in the behaviour of their pet parrot whenever his nephew, Ashutosh Sharma Goswami, came to the house.

"It sulked every time Ashutosh passed its cage," Sharma's brother Ajay said.

Growing suspicious, the victim's family started taking names of possible suspects in front of the parrot.

When Ashutosh's name was taken, the parrot started shouting 'Usne maara, Usne maara' (He has killed), Ajay said. […]

Times of India
26 February 2014

Ishita Mishra, TNN

AGRA: In a case that seems straight out of an Agatha Christie potboiler, a parrot turned detective and helped nab its mistress' killer.

The question of who murdered Neelam Sharma, 45, and her pet dog, had been baffling the city police for almost a week till they got a clue provided by Hercule, the parrot.

Neelam, wife of Vijay Sharma, the editor of a Hindi daily, was found murdered at her residence on February 20. Her husband noticed a change in the behaviour of the parrot whenever his nephew Ashutosh visited their house after the murder.

"During discussions too, whenever Ashutosh's name was mentioned, the parrot would start screeching. This raised my suspicion and I informed the police," said Sharma. […]