Arushi-Hemraj murderer still at large

The case of the brutal murder of young Arushi Talwar and the servant Hemraj had made the entire nation sit up and take notice. The Indian premier investigative agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has not been able to find evidence after three moths of investigation, narco tests as well as strict interrogation. The mandatory period to submit evidence in court against the suspects is ninety days and since the CBI has been unable to submit any evidence, the three accused have been granted bail by a Ghaziabad sessions Court.

The biggest drawback for the investigation was the missing murder weapon. Till date, location of the murder weapon continues to elude the investigating authorities. It seems that the entire matter has gone out of hand for the CBI, because just a couple of months back they had announced that they were very close to solving the double murder case and had taken the accused into custody. Furthermore, although much had been made of the narco analysis texts as well as the Lie detector, the results of both of them could not be produced in court as forms of evidence.

The Talwars’ compounder, Krishna was the prime suspect. He was abetted by the domestic help of the Talwars’ friends the Durannis, Rajkumar and the domestic help of their neighbour, Vijay Mandal. The three were taken into custody but the CBI failed to file a chargesheet against them.

Now that the CBI has been unable to find evidence against the prime suspects, it is looking at other forms of help. A letter has been sent to Nepal in order to assist in the investigation by helping find the lost mobile phones. Also, the CBI has gone on to announce an award of Rs. 1 lakh to anyone who would throw some light on this case by giving them information regarding the murder weapons.
Both Krishna and Rajkumar were granted bail by the session court but after paying 2 sureties of Rs. 25,000 each. Both had been arrested in the months of June and were closely associated with the Talwar family.

The Arushi murder case continues to be in the limelight as the real perpetrators of this crime have so far gone scot-free. The CBI will have to once again begin the investigation in order to make better sense of the crime scenes and find out who the real killer is. Questions are being raised about how efficiently the CBI has handled this case. The case had been botched in the very beginning when the police had failed to find, and failed to preserve the crime scene and the evidences. The media was given a free hand, which although helped find some evidence overlooked by the media, also made the area unfit to be examined. Many people have been jailed and then released, making it seem as if the police and the CBI is making suspects out of people without even having substantial proof and evidence. A systematic, well-thought out methodology must be followed so that the real killer can soon be found and punished. As for now, the Arushi-Hemraj plot continues to thicken.

Shishir Shrivastava

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