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Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Noida police still fumbling

The Noida police keep shocking us with their investigative skills, making one wonder whether they have been taught the very basics of policing, reports

delhi Updated: May 21, 2008 00:38 IST
Ravi Bajpai/Kapil Datta
Ravi Bajpai/Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times

The Noida police keep shocking us with their investigative skills, making one wonder whether they have been taught the very basics of policing.

On Tuesday, four days after Aarushi was found murdered at her home, the Noida police gave another example of just why they cannot be trusted with any investigation.

If overlooking the domestic help Hemraj’s decaying body lying on the rooftop for more than a day wasn’t enough, it didn’t strike them that the Talwar household’s garage also needed to be checked.

The Talwar’s domestic help, Hemraj, who the police took to be a suspect initially, was found dead at the rooftop a day after Aarushi’s murder, that too by a retired police officer who came to visit the grieving Talwars.

The garage that was eventually opened on Tuesday after journalists pointed out the lapse didn’t provide any apparent clues, though, police said. A team stationed outside the crime site hurriedly opened the garage, amid hoards of camera crews and journalists who swarmed the unit even before the police could enter.

Newly appointed Superintendent of Police (City), A.K. Tripathi, who drove in soon after, found himself cornered by journalists enquiring about the progress.

“It (checking the garage) was part of the investigation, and we are searching all possible sites to find the murder weapon or any other lead,” said Tripathi. He quickly left the spot.

The police were saved any immediate embarrassment since the garage, which the Talwars used as a clinic earlier, was stuffed with old wares that didn’t throw up any apparent leads but certainly dented their already discredited reputation in handling the case.

How a battery of cops, who combed the Talwar house after Aarushi was found dead on Friday, managed to miss inspecting the rooftop, where Hemraj lay dead, is still inexplicable. The easy way with which strangers, journalists and probing neighbours are still moving around the crime scene is equally baffling.

The blood soaked bedsheet and mattress on which Aarushi was found dead is also still lying on the rooftop, where it was shifted at her family’s behest. Police have just cut off the bloodstained portion of the mattress, which is actually case property.