On February 26, PTI reported the story of a super-smart parrot in Agra who helped the police to crack the mystery of his mistress' murder after it 'identified' the alleged killer. Neelam, the wife of a local Hindi newspaper editor Vijay Sharma, was found murdered at her residence in Balkeshwar colony on February 20 and the parrot had 'identified' Sharma's nephew as the murderer.
Pritha Chatterjee of the Indian Express does some sleuthing of her own to report:
Sharma told police that his wife had not been keeping well, and he had locked her in so she wouldn't have to get up when he returned at night. He also said she was likely to have thrown the key down from the terrace only to someone she knew well. Once investigators knew the killers had had a friendly entry into the home, they began looking at the location of the cellphones of the family's friends and relatives at the time...Police claim they got to Ashutosh Goswami, who is Sharma's sister's son, on their own, while Sharma says the family told police to check on Ashutosh after they noticed he was behaving "suspiciously".