Parrot helps India police to catch murder suspect

Parrot helps India police to catch murder suspect

Parrot helps India police to catch murder suspect

Written by Bella Dalima

01 Mar, 2014 | 3:26 pm

Talking parrot has helped the police to crack the case of its owner’s murder after ‘identifying’ the alleged killer.

Ashutosh Goswami thought he would get away with robbery when he killed his aunt who caught him red-handed. But according to local police, he hadn’t realised her pet parrot would turn stool pigeon.

In highly embellished accounts of one of the most unlikely Indian murder mysteries in living memory, Goswami was just one of a number of suspects until the victim’s widower local Hindi newspaper editor, Vijay Sharma, read out their names in front of their parrot Heera. When Ashutosh Goswami’s name was read out, the parrot squawked Usne maara, usne maara – ‘he’s the killer, he’s the killer.’


Ashutosh was arrested by police in Balkeshwar Colony in Agra for the murder of his aunt Neelam and confessed to her killing, the Press Trust of India reported. According to the well-respected agency, the role of the parrot Heera was hailed by the local Senior Superintendent of Police Shalabh Mathur:”We got a lot of help from the parrot to zero in on the murderer,” he said.

The suspect told detectives he had decided to rob the home of his aunt and uncle with his accomplice Ronny Massey and held his aunt at knife point to force her to hand over their valuables. He stabbed her pet dog and then killed his aunt to make sure she did not inform the police.

He had thought the parrot would be a silent witness, but the victim’s husband, Vijay Sharma, today told the Telegraph Heera had identified his nephew as the killer with a squawk.

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