Noida murders: another servant arrested, bicycle seized (Lead)

June 28th, 2008 - 12:58 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Friday arrested Raj Kumar, the servant of a doctor friend of dentist Rajesh Talwar who has been jailed for the alleged murder of his teenaged daughter Aarushi and her family’s domestic help. His blood-stained bicycle was also seized. Raj Kumar, who worked for Anita Durani, also a dentist, was arrested after the CBI recovered a blood-stained T-shirt from the room he lived in.

This is the third arrest in the case, which continues to hog the headlines and choke the airwaves a month-and-half after the sensational double murders in the upscale Jal Vayu Vihar neighbourhood in suburban Noida.

“Raj Kumar was detained for interrogation but he was arrested today (Friday) after forensic examination confirmed that the T-shirt (that was recovered June 13) had blood stains of human origin,” CBI joint director Arun Kumar told reporters here.

These stains, according to a DNA report, are not of Raj Kumar’s, and will now be matched with those picked up from the crime scene to see whether they match with any of the victims.

CBI officials seized Raj Kumar’s bicycle too Friday after blood stains were found on it.

“The bicycle was apparently used by Raj Kumar on the night of the murders for going to the Talwar’s home,” a CBI source said.

“It has been sent for forensic examination at a Hyderabad laboratory,” the source added.

Meanwhile, Krishna, a medical assistant of Rajesh Talwar, was Friday sent to jail till July 11. He was produced before a special CBI court in Ghaziabad after his six-day remand ended Friday.

On Friday morning, a CBI team led by Arun Kumar went to the Talwar’s residence with Krishna in an attempt to recreate the sequence of events on the night of the murder.

“Krishna was taken to the crime scene to recreate the sequence of events,” a CBI official said, requesting anonymity.

Aarushi, 14, was found dead in her apartment May 16. The Noida police initially named missing domestic help Hemraj as the prime suspect and even sent out teams to trace him out but had to eat humble pie after his body was found on the terrace of the house the next day.

The Noida police arrested Talwar May 23 for the twin murders. The CBI took over the case June 1 after a public outcry over the shoddy manner in which the Noida had conducted the investigations.

The CBI arrested Krishna June 13.

The CBI is yet to zero in on the motive for the crime despite interrogating a number of people and submitting Rajesh Talwar, his wife Nupur and the Durani couple to lie detector tests.

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