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Aarushi Talwar murder investigation closed

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The investigation into the 2008 murder of a well-known dentist’s schoolgirl daughter has been closed by authorities in India for lack of evidence.


Schoolgirl Aarushi Talwar was found dead in her bedroom with her throat slit

Aarushi Talwar, 14, was found with her throat slit and a fatal head injury at home in a Delhi suburb. A man servant’s body was found on the roof a day later.

Police briefly detained her father, saying he murdered his daughter because she found out he was having an affair.

Aarushi’s parents told Indian media that they would not give up.

Dr Rajesh Talwar and his wife Nupur, also a dentist, have always maintained they are innocent.

“I’m completely devastated and shocked. I don’t know what to do,” Dr Talwar told Indian media. “I have not got justice for my daughter.”

Aarushi’s mother said: “We are broken parents today.”

Continue reading the main story “Start Quote The agency has filed a final report in the court for closure of the case on grounds of insufficient evidence”

End Quote Central Bureau of Investigation spokesman The gruesome tale of murder in the affluent Delhi suburb of Noida has generated huge interest in India.

Aarushi was murdered in her bedroom in May 2008, while her parents were in the house.

A day later the bludgeoned body of their man servant, Hemraj, was discovered on the roof.

As well as Aarushi’s father, three other men were arrested during the investigation and later freed for lack of evidence.

They were Dr Talwar’s assistant in his dental practice and two servants employed by the Talwar family’s friends and neighbours.

After a 30-month inquiry, India’s federal detective agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), went to a court on Wednesday in Ghaziabad, near Delhi, to close the case.

“The agency has filed a final report in the court for closure of the case on grounds of insufficient evidence,” a CBI spokesperson said.

The murder weapon has never been found, and while Aarushi’s mobile phone was recovered nearly 15 months after her death, its memory had been deleted.

The CBI took over the case from Noida police, who were accused of a botch job.

The police had gathered 26 fingerprints from the crime scene, but 24 of those were reportedly spoiled because of faulty investigative techniques.

They had also been unable to gather any evidence from a bloody hand print, a half-drunk bottle of alcohol and a shoe print found at the murder scene.

Noida police were further criticised for some statements they made during their investigation.

Days after the murder, a senior police officer told media that Aarushi had been killed because she had discovered her father’s alleged extramarital relationship with another dentist.

The same police chief also suggested the teenager could have been killed because Dr Talwar had objected to her close relationship with the murdered servant.

Dr Talwar rejected the allegations. Several women’s and children’s groups described the police claims as in bad taste.

Death row inmate will enjoy marital bliss: LHC

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday allowed a girl to marry her fiancé who is currently a death row inmate at the Kot Lakhpat Jail. The court also ordered the Kot Lakhpat jail superintendent to make arrangements for the marriage to take place inside the prison.

Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, while issuing the orders, observed that the petitioner Laiba Saher could marry the inmate, but did not allow her to take a wedding band inside the jail. He also directed the superintendent to arrange for a marriage registrar (nikha khawan) to conduct the marriage.

Laiba, a resident of Samanabad, submitted that she was engaged to Muhammad Attique in her childhood, but now her fiancé had been awarded the death sentence in a case was incarcerated at the Kot Lakhpat Jail. She further submitted that she wanted to enter into a marriage contract with Attique but the jail authorities were not allowing her to do so. She added that it was her fundamental right to get married and a prisoner also enjoyed the same right.

The jail superintendent submitted a report, on the court’s directions, stating that Attique was a hardened and desperate criminal and had been awarded the death sentence in a case and more than 10 cases of heinous crimes such as kidnapping for ransom and murder were still pending against him in various courts. He added that Pakistan prison rules did not carry any provision for arrangements of a prisoner’s marriage inside the jail premises.

Family questioned in India journalist death

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Police in India are questioning the father and brother of a Delhi-based journalist found dead last week in a suspected “honour killing” case.


Miss Pathak was a journalist working in Delhi

Nirupama Pathak was found dead in her parents’ home in Jharkhand state. An autopsy revealed that she was pregnant.

She was reportedly in a relationship with a man from a different caste.

On Monday Miss Pathak’s mother was arrested and charged with her murder. Her family deny all the allegations and say she committed suicide.

Miss Pathak’s family reported her death last Thursday. They said she was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her room and produced two suicide notes.

But an autopsy report showed the death was “a clear case of murder… caused by asphyxia as a result of smothering,” the AFP news agency quoted senior Jharkhand police officer MS Bhatia as saying.

The autopsy also showed that Pathak was pregnant, fuelling suspicions that this was a case of honour killing, police said.

Miss Pathak, 22, was a high-caste Hindu Brahmin living in Delhi and reportedly in a relationship with another journalist, Priyabhanshu Ranjan, who was from a lower caste.

Police say that her parents had opposed the idea of their daughter “marrying someone from outside their caste”.

Correspondents say that honour killings in the villages of northern India have long been reported.

But if Miss Pathak’s case is found to be an instance of honour killing, it would be rare given her education and her urban background.

Over 600 suspects held in Mingora search operation

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* Curfew enforced to conduct house-to-house search
* Two houses of suspected Taliban blown up
* Former JUI-F lawmaker apprehended

MINGORA: Security forces arrested around 600 suspects during a search operation in Mingora city and blew up two homes of suspected Taliban, officials and residents said Tuesday.

A curfew was enforced from 3am until 11am to conduct house-to-house search for suspected Taliban.

The search operation followed last week’s murder of Awami National Party leader Sajjad, who was shot in Mingora bazaar on April 13.

Houses of terrorists Rahim and Sher Ali were bombed in Naway Kalay area of Mingora city, local residents said.

Meanwhile, the security forces also raided a newspaper’s office where workers were allegedly mistreated, management of the newspaper told Daily Times.

Ghulam Farooq, editor of the newspaper, said the forces raided his office at 4am without showing any warrant.

Lawmaker: The security forces also arrested former provincial assembly member belonging to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, Irfanullah, during the search operation APP reported. According to party sources, he was shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

The JUI-F Swat chapter confirmed the arrest of their former lawmaker and said Irfanullah was on the hit list of the Taliban. They also demanded the release of their former legislator. Irfanullah was elected to the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2002.