Noida double murders pre-meditated, says CBI (Night lead)

June 10th, 2008 - 11:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday said that the murders of teenaged Aarushi Talwar and her family’s domestic help Hemraj in a Noida flat last month were a “pre-meditated conspiracy” and not committed on the “spur of the moment” as earlier believed. The CBI conducted the lie-detector test for the second day on Krishna, the compounder of dentist Rajesh Talwar, the father of the slain girl. Talwar has been arrested for alleged involvement in the murders.

“He still remains a suspect,” CBI sources said, adding, however, that Talwar has not been given a clean chit.

The police maintain that it is impossible that Rajesh and his wife Nupur did not hear Aarushi’s cries the night she was killed May 15. She had been dealt a brutal blow on the head and her throat had been slit.

According to the police, the door to her room was open and it is impossible that Rajesh Talwar did not hear her cries. The police also said that the front door of the house was found locked from the outside. The maid had opened the door in the morning.

Krishna was the first person to have told the police that Rajesh Talwar was having an affair with Anita Durrani, a dentist colleague. Krishna is not being formally arrested, but his interrogation will continue, the CBI sources said.

Meanwhile, Krishna told the Aaj Tak Hindi news channel that he is innocent. “I am innocent and I have not done anything. The CBI is trying to frame me to shield Rajesh Talwar,” a visibly distraught Krishna told the channel as he was being whisked away by the CBI. “Save me,” he cried out.

Krishna, who hails from Nepal, was working as compounder at Rajesh Talwar’s Noida clinic for the last three years and was a confidante of Hemraj.

Aarushi, 14, was found killed in her Noida home May 16. The Noida police initially named Hemraj as the prime suspect and even sent teams to trace him. But his body was found the next day on the terrace of the house.

The police arrested Rajesh Talwar May 23.

The CBI took over the case after the Noida police drew flak for shoddy investigations.

The needle of suspicion pointed to Krishna, 32, after his first lie detector test Monday that went on for six hours.

The investigating agency also got his finger prints from the Talwars’ Jalvayu Vihar residence.

“The precision of the wounds on Aarushi’s body suggest that the murderer knew surgical procedures. This raises a finger of suspicion at Krishna, who is a compounder at Rajesh Talwar’s clinic,” the CBI official said.

“Following Krishna’s statement, a CBI team Monday night took him to three places - the Hindon river, Khera village and Nithari,” the official said.

The CBI has suspected that Krishna might have disposed of the weapon used in the two murders.

The agency was also interrogating friends of the victims.

A team of CBI sleuths and forensic experts Monday night visited the Talwar residence to reconstruct the crime. The video footage of the crime scene provided by the media is also aiding in the investigations.

Aarushi’s uncle Dinesh Talwar, who was present during the investigations, said: “I have full faith in what the CBI is doing.”

Meanwhile, in Ghaziabad, Special CBI magistrate Sapna Mishra heard arguments from the lawyers of the CBI and Talwar before denying the dentist bail.

Immediately after the bail was rejected, the defence lawyer filed a bail appeal before the sessions court, which fixed June 26 to hear it.

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