Pet parrot helps police catch owner’s killer

A pet parrot in India has been credited with helping catch the man who murdered its owner.

The owner, a 55-year-old woman, was stabbed to death and her jewellery stolen at her home in the northern city of Agra on February 20.

The woman’s relatives grew suspicious when her caged bird became agitated whenever her nephew, Ashutosh Goswami, was in the home or his name was mentioned.

The family started calling out different names to the parrot, who stayed silent until the nephew’s name was used, said her brother-in-law Ajay Sharma.

“Whenever the name of Ashutosh was taken, the parrot shrieked and behaved abnormally and gave sufficient indication of (him) being involved.

“This information was passed to police.”

The nephew, 35, who also had a bite mark on his hand from the woman’s dog, was arrested and charged on Tuesday along with an accomplice after the murder weapon and the jewellery were recovered, a local police officer said.

Shalabh Mathur, senior superintendent of Agra police, acknowledged the bird called “Heera” — which means diamond in Hindi — proved useful.

“We got a lot of help from the parrot to zero in on the murderer,” Mathur was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India agency.

The victim’s husband, Vijay Sharma, said “police told us that the murderer is someone close and known to the family as there was a friendly entry into the house. They gave us names of few suspects including my nephew.

“The parrot always used to be with my wife and I was sure he had witnessed the murder. It was unbelievable and to satisfy ourselves whether the police were going in the right direction we called out the names of all the suspects to our parrot. Surprisingly he screamed and made unusual noises whenever my nephew’s name came up. (My nephew) confessed to police,” he said.


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