On 16 May 2008, the body of 13-year old Aarushi Talwar was discovered at her home in Noida, India. Her throat had been slit. When police couldn’t find the family’s live-in domestic worker, 45-year old Hemraj Banjade, he became a prime suspect. That was until 17 May, when Banjade’s body was discovered on a terrace at the house.
Next up to be considered suspects were Aarushi’s parents. It was thought that her father, Rajesh, may have happened upon his daughter and Banjade in an unsavoury position and killed them. Another theory was that Rajesh had been involved in an affair and had been confronted by his daughter and blackmailed by Banjade and he therefore decided to get rid of them both.
The case was eventually given over to the CBI, who did not find any proof that Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were responsible the murders. The CBI also investigated two other domestic servants and a personal assistant, but nothing came of this. After the case was handed over to yet another team, Aarushi’s parents were convicted and handed life terms in November 2013. In 2017, they were acquitted after they challenged the decision.
To this day, there has been no other leads in the double Noida murder. The killer remains free, and it seems unlikely that the case will be solved any time soon.