CBI in dark about Hemraj’s mobile
Sixteen months after it went missing, the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) is still to lay its hands on the mobile phone set of domestic help Hemraj Banjade, reports Abhishek Sharan.delhi Updated: Sep 21, 2009 00:38 IST
Sixteen months after it went missing, the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) is still to lay its hands on the mobile phone set of domestic help Hemraj Banjade.
Hemraj was murdered along with Noida teenager Aarushi Talwar on May 16 last year.
The phone set, along with a Nokia N 72 phone set of Aarushi, were allegedly taken away by their suspected killers, according to the CBI.
Aarushi’s phone set though was recovered last week from a daily wage-earner based in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, 60 km east of Delhi.
The agency’s lack of progress regarding the retrieval of Hemraj’s phone set is especially surprising since the suspected killers had left its electronic trail, unlike in the case of Aarushi’s phone set.
Hours after Aarushi’s body was recovered in early on May 16, 2008, at Noida’s Jal Vayu Vihar building, the search for Hemraj who was found missing had begun.
“Since Hemraj was found missing, a call was made on his mobile phone. The call was taken after a few rings but the receiver did not utter a word before disconnecting and switching off the set,” a case investigator, who requested anonymity since he is not authorized to talk to media, told Hindustan Times.
He added, “That was the last electronic trace we had of Hemraj’s phone.”
Hemraj had a Tata Indicom custom-made mobile phone set bearing the number 921 351 5485. Its ESN (Electronic Serial Number) was 20 CFA 3EC.
The case’s investigators had tracked the Tata Indicom phone set’s geographical location on May 16, 2008, when the call was made to it that was received.
“The phone that day was present in the neighborhood of the crime scene at Sector 25 where the double
murders occurred,” said the investigator.
The CBI had suspected the phone was allegedly lying with one of the main accused, medical assistant Krishna Thadarai who had stayed in the neighborhood with his family.
Numerous searches in the locality that were carried out by the CBI till now have yielded no success yet.
Aarushi’s phone set was found to be switched off when the agency’s investigators began tracking it after taking over the case from the Noida Police nearly a fortnight after the bodies of Aarushi and Banjade were recovered last year on May 16 and May 17, respectively.
The N-72 phone set went alive this February when a Delhi Police’s Crime Branch surveillance radar picked up its trace through its active IMEI number.
The two phone sets, the CBI suspected, held clue to the crimes as well as the identity of the suspected killers.
Aarushi’s phone set, whose text/audio/visual data was found deleted when recovered, has not yet provided any headway to the agency’s search for
the killers and the material evidence to nail the former in a court of law.
Along with the two phone sets, the suspected killers had also taken away from the crime spot the crime’s alleged weapons.
The weapons included a khukri-like knife and a
blunt-edged heavy object or weapon.