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Hercule ‘Parrot’: Police crack woman’s murder after pet bird names killer

In an unusual case of cracking a murder mystery, Agra police were able to get breakthrough in the case only after a parrot named the killer.
Vijay Sharma’s wife Neelam and her pet dog were murdered earlier this month; however, the police had failed to get any leads in the case till Monday.
Being an animal lover, she had kept two pets – a parrot and a dog, who was very close to her, the family said.

The parrot stopped eating after Neelam’s death. Whenever Vijay’s nephew Ashu would come to the house, the parrot would get inside the cage looking scared and sit there for hours, unlike other days when it used to roam around freely in the house.

Two days ago, when Vijay returned home, he talked to the parrot but it did not respond to him. Seeing unusual behaviour of the parrot, Vijay sensed it was upset and might be able to give hints about the killers. He started taking name of suspects and asked the parrot to name his wife’s killer. The parrot listened to the names and finally, responded on Vijay’s nephew Ashu’s name saying ‘Usne mara, Usne mara’ (Ashu killed, Ashu killed), the report said.

Police had earlier also suspected Ashu of murdering Neelam. However, the family had confronted the police. After Vijay got the hint from the parrot, he informed police to take Ashu in custody and question him.

In the preliminary investigation, it was revealed that it was in fact Ashu who entered the house with his accomplices. As he was about to attack Neelam, the dog jumped on them and, even bit Ashu’s finger. They killed both Neelam and the pet dog, the police told.

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