329 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: The sensational tandoor murder case of India

The wrong theory that survives 23 years after Delhi’s infamous ‘tandoor murder case’

Prime accused Sushil Sharma | Getty
Prime accused Sushil Sharma | Getty

Delhi’s former Joint Commissioner of Police reveals that one official jumping the gun almost destroyed what the police had actually found. 

New Delhi: In 1995, Naina Sahni, a former functionary of the Mahila Congress was murdered by her husband Sushil Sharma, who was President of the Youth Congress at the time. However, the case made national headlines because of how Sharma had tried to dispose of the body: by burning it in a tandoor of the Bagiya Bar-Be-Que restaurant in Hotel Ashok Yatri Niwas.

Delhi’s former Joint Commissioner of Police, Maxwell Pereira, who investigated the murder that came to be known as the ‘tandoor murder’ case, revealed Tuesday that despite the police’s best efforts no one would believe that Sharma hadn’t chopped up his wife’s body.

“We took pains to tell everybody that there was no chopping (of the body), but the chopping made it sensational. Nobody would give it up,” he said.

Pereira, who released his book Tuesday on the murder titled ‘Tandoor Murder ‘, said during a discussion that even in the Supreme Court verdict they talked about the chopping of the body.

Pereira said that the first forensic analyst in the case jumped the gun and told the media that the body had been chopped up. The analyst also completely ruled out the gun shots at point blank range that were the actual cause of Sahni’s death.

“In the post-mortem report he ruled out the use of firearms and we were totally aghast, because we had already recovered the bullets. We had gone to the house, we had stumbled on the information from the accomplice and our theory of the use of firearms was being washed out,” Pereira said.

Despite constituting a board of forensic specialists to conduct a second autopsy on Sahni’s body, the first version of the story is what stuck.

How Sharma was isolated from his powerful friends

As Sharma was known to have links with powerful people, Pereira explained how he cut the Congress leader’s links to the corridors of power.

“We identified the criminal as Sushil Sharma on the very first day…I made him a barrier to his own political people. Anyone associated with him was afraid,” he said.

The retired police official also said that he had to push courts to accept the gravity of the case.

“The same judge who tried the Priyadarshini Mattoo case and threw the DNA evidence…we had to educate him in the entire usage of DNA,” he said.

The ‘tandoor murder case’ later became a landmark case for the use of DNA evidence and a second autopsy to establish the guilt of the accused.

On crime in India

The former Delhi police commissioner also spoke about the biggest problems the police faces in the country.

“We are a country that loves to make heroes out of criminals,” Pereira said.

He said that archaic British laws that were brought to this country constrained the police and made it difficult to get a conviction.

“If you really follow the law you will never be able to get a conviction in this country,” Pereira said.

IAS Anurag Tewari’s death: Father accuses CM Siddaramaiah of having a hand in ‘murder’

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Mar 8, 2018

  1. Almost a year after Anurag Tewari’s death, his father on Wednesday accused Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah of being an accomplice in the “murder”.
  2. 36-year-old IAS officerwas found dead nine months back on May 17 outside the state guest house in Lucknow.

NEW DELHI. Almost a year after Anurag Tewari, a young IAS officer from Karnataka cadre, was found dead under mysterious circumstances, his father on Wednesday accused Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah of being an accomplice in the “murder”.
The fresh allegation surfaced after the CBI team probing the case, went to Tewari’s residence in Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) to question the family.As per sources, after the CBI officials left, Anurag’s father, BN Tewari alleged that Siddaramaiah was involved in murder of his son.Earlier the officer’s family had claimed that there was tremendous pressure on their son to sign files that his ethics didn’t allow him to.Dissatisfied with the way CBI was handling the case, Tewari said, “To shield the real culprits, CBI is unnecessarily harassing us. It is quite evident that Siddaramaiah played a role in planned murder of my son as immediately after his death, some of his personal belongings were taken away from his residence in Karnataka.”
36-year-old Anurag was found dead nine months back on May 17 outside the state guest house in Lucknow.
BJP had then claimed that Anurag was about to expose scams worth thousands of crores of rupees of Congress-led government in Karnataka and that is why he was eliminated.

“My son was very honest. Corrupt officers did not like him. They must have somehow got him murdered,” Anurag’s father had said back then. Anurag’s mother Sushila had claimed that her son was killed by Akram, Irfan and PN Singh.

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KTR’s close aide killed in broad daylight

By Express News Service  |   Published: 08th March 2018 02:19 AM  |

Last Updated: 08th March 2018

RAJANNA-SIRCILLA: The husband of a ruling party MPTC and a close aide of IT minister KT Rama Rao was brutally murdered in broad daylight in what is suspected as an act of revenge by a youngster. The youngster, it is said, bore a grudge against the deceased for humiliating his father, police suspect.

The victim is Veeraveni Devaiah (45), husband of Chandrakala MPTC of Kothaplli village in Gambhiraopet mandal. According to police sources and local villagers, the youngster suspected to be involved in the murder is Sandeep Reddy, aged around 20 years. Sandeep Reddy is pursuing education in Hyderabad.

Sandeep Reddy’s father Krishna Reddy is working as a field assistant in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Almost a year back, Devaiah beat Krishna Reddy with a slipper over a petty dispute. Though the issue was sorted out later, Sandeep Reddy bore a grudge against Devaiah and was waiting to take revenge. Villagers told police that he came to the village one week back.

At around 4 pm on Wednesday, Devaiah went to a local tea stall where Sandeep Reddy also reached and picked up an argument with the victim. Police suspect that Sandeep Reddy planned to attack Devaiah and brought a knife along with him. As tempers ran high, Sandeep Reddy attacked Devaiah causing multiple stabs following which Devaiah died on the spot. Sandeep Reddy fled from the village.

Based on a complaint by the MPTC, Gambhiraopet police registered a case and have formed special teams to nab the accused. It is learnt that IT minister KTR enquired about the murder from police.

Mom, son ‘kidnapped’ by cop fall to death

Bengaluru: A 60-year-old woman and her 34-year-old son, who were being held in captivity by a police inspector, allegedly fell to their death from his fifth-floor flat in Belthur village, near Whitefield, in the early hours of Tuesday. The son had married the inspector’s sister against her family’s wishes three years ago. The sister is missing since February 17.

Kadugodi cops detained the inspector, HN Chandrappa, who was with the Kolar district special branch. Four days ago, Chandrappa brought Sundaramma and her son Mounesh K from Shahapur town in Yadgir district of Hyderabad-Karnatak region and confined them in his house in the MSC Empress apartment complex.

Mounesh, his mother allegedly fell to death from 5th floor of this apartment in Bengaluru

Inspector was in flat when mother, son fell to death; taken into custody

He Brought Duo To Enquire About Missing Sister

Bengaluru: Sundaramma, 60, and her son Mounesh K, 34, who were being held in captivity by inspector Chandrappa, allegedly fell to their death from his flat on Tuesday.

Mounesh, a KSRTC bus conductor, had married Chandrappa’s sister Manjulamma in 2015. The inspector bitterly opposed it as it was Mounesh’s second marriage and he belonged to a different caste.

Time and again, Chandrappa forced his sister to return to his house in Bangarpet in Kolar. Manjulamma, 30, was at her brother’s house when she went missing. It was in this connection that the inspector brought Mounesh and his mother to the city.

Kadugodi police said around 5am, a security guard of the apartment heard a loud thud and rushed to the spot, only to find the woman and her son lying motionless in a pool of blood. They had died instantly. Confirming that Chandrappa was in the flat when the incident took place, police said it was not clear if the duo had jumped from his kitchen balcony or if they were pushed. Forensic experts collected samples from the flat and the scene of the crime. The bodies were shifted to Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital for postmortem.

“We’re not sure how the incident took place. I have asked FSL experts to reconstruct the crime scene. We are awaiting the autopsy report,” Seemanth Kumar Singh, additional commissioner of police (east zone) told TOI. “Chandrappa’s behaviour is suspicious and hence we’ve taken him into custody. Preliminary probe revealed that both were being detained by him illegally.”

Chandrappa reportedly told police that he brought Mounesh and his mother to help trace his sister. He said the duo jumped to death from his flat.

Abdul Ahad, deputy commissioner of police (Whitefield), said police have taken up a case of unnatural death. They are waiting for Mounesh’s first wife, Sridevi, to join the probe as she was witness to Chandrappa and a few others landing up in Kolar four days ago and forcing Sundaramma and Mounesh into a car. “We will register a case based on Sridevi’s statement,” a senior police officer said.

Police said they are verifying CCTV footage from the apartment complex to find out how and when the duo were brought to the flat.

Police sources said Lakshmamma, inspector Chandrappa’s mother, had complained to police on February 25 that her daughter had gone missing eight days earlier. A senior police officer alleged that Chandrappa’s sister was missing for over two months but the family delayed registering the complaint.

Sundaramma

Mounesh

Chandrappa

FAMILY CRIES FOUL

Rejecting inspector Chandrappa’s version of events, Mounesh’s family alleged he and his mother were pushed to their death. Mallikarjuna K, Mounesh’s younger brother, told TOI over phone from Chatnalli in Shahapur taluk that Chandrappa took them to Bengaluru forcibly four days ago.

“I wasn’t aware that Chandrappa had taken my mother and brother to Bengaluru till I saw the news of their death on TV. I then received a call from Mounesh’s first wife. She told me that Chandrappa and a few others had come to Shahapur four days ago in a car and asked them about his sister’s whereabouts. The duo was taken to Bengaluru by force when Mounesh told them that he had no idea where Chandrappa’s sister was,” Mallikarjuna said.

He said the inspector had resorted to similar tactics before. “Chandrappa’s sister had eloped with my brother once and the inspector has tortured us over this many times earlier.

‘COUPLE MET ON THE BUS’

Manjulamma had enrolled for a BEd course in Shahapur eight years ago and came to know Mounesh while taking the KSRTC bus to and from college, police sources said. The duo fell in love. Chandrappa resented their relationship and even posted home guards at the college to keep Mounesh away from his sister. Manjulamma, however, tried to elope with Mounesh and every time, Chandrappa brought her back home by allegedly misusing his official power, the sources said. DCP Abdul Ahad quoted Chandrappa as saying Mounesh and his sister registered their marriage in Vijayapura in 2015.

He worked as an inspector in Kadugodi police station between July 11, 2016 and July 26, 2017, before being moved to Kolar. In his late 30s, Chandrappa is unmarried and lived in the Kadugodi flat with his sister since 2016. His mother Lakshmamma, 60, visited them from Bangarpet.

Student on way to school raped by four men; one in custody

Villagers Protest Delay In Nabbing Culprits

Vijayapura: A Class 10 student was allegedly gang-raped by four men in a banana field at Nagabenal village in Muddebihal taluk near Nalatawad on Tuesday. One of the accused was caught by the girl’s father who heard her cries for help, while three others are on the run.

Thousands of villagers blocked the road in Viresh Nagar and burned tyres to protest the alleged delay in nabbing the culprits. Police assured action would be taken and convinced them to retreat after traffic was held up for several hours.

The girl was on her way to school when she was accosted by the four men. They were apparently waiting for her as it was the usual route she took to school. The accused then dragged her to the banana field situated behind the ancient Seven Round Fort locality and raped her.

The girl and her family live nearby. As she cried for help, her father heard her and rushed to the spot. Three of the assaulters fled. One of them, Viresh Kandagal, was caught and surrounded by villagers as the girl’s father raised an alarm. Angry villagers thrashed him before police arrived. An officer of the Nalatawad police outpost took him into custody and later handed him over to Muddebihal police.

The girl was taken to the government hospital where doctors examined her and confirmed rape. The girl’s father filed a case at the Muddebihal police station. A manhunt is on to trace the three absconding culprits.

As the news spread, protests broke out in Nagabenal. Areshankar gram panchayat member Bhimanna Gurikar and Ahind Taluk general secretary Mounesh Madar led the protest in the village.

A huge crowd gathered at the main road and blocked traffic, joined by many other local outfits. As traffic began to pile up, Muddebihal circle inspector Ravikumar Kappattanavar and sub-inspector Govindgouda Patil addressed the protesters and convinced them to disperse, assuring them of speedy action to bring the culprits to book.

SP Kuldeepkumar Jain, DSP Maheshgouda Patil, tahsildar M S Bagwan and other officials others visited the girl in hospital.

RAGING ANGER: Villagers burn tyres in Muddebihal taluk on Tuesday. (L) One of the suspects was beaten up by the public

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