AARUSHI TALWAR MURDER CASE: RECOVERED CELLPHONE WAS SIM LESS

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After initial euphoria, the steam gathered after the seizure of Aarushi Talwar’s cellphone has fizzed out with police finding no SIM card in the recovered phone.

Highly placed sources said the Nokia handset did not have any original SIM card (memory card belonging to Aarushi) in it when it was found by a family member of Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh) resident Ram Bhule on a road pavement in Noida.

‘There are also no stored data in the Nokia N72 model black handset belonging to Aarushi, as was being expected,’ they said.

Interrogation of the family also revealed that the cellphone was found by Ram Bhule’s sister Kusum who later gave it to his nephew Anil.

The family said they had no clue about the mobile’s antecedents or importance and even waited for some months before actually putting it to use.

Kusum once worked as a domestic help for the Talwar family and this angle was being further investigated, the sources added.

She had later passed on the phone to her nephew living in Bulandshahr.

The phone, a crucial piece of evidence, was recovered from Bulandshahr on September 12 by sleuths of the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch.

The CBI, which was investigating the case, refused to say anything over the handing over of Aarushi’s cell phone by the Delhi Police to it - 16 months after the teenager was found murdered at her Noida residence.

After parroting the usual ‘Investigation is in progress’, CBI spoke person Harsh Bhal said ‘in view of a fair and impartial investigation and directions of the Supreme Court, we do not propose to share any details with the media at this stage.’ Fourteen-year-old Delhi Public School student Aarushi Talwar was found murdered, along with the Talwar family’s domestic help Hemraj, on the intervening night of May 15/16 last year at her Jal Vayu Vihar residence in Noida.

While Aarushi was found dead in her room on May 16, the body of Hemraj, who was then missing and suspected to have killed her, was found the next day on the terrace of the same house.

As investigation into the case progressed, police rounded up several suspects which included Aarushi’s father -- well known dentist Rajesh Talwar -- his medical assistant Krishna and two others -- Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal -- both domestic helps working in the neighbourhood.

All the four were later released for lack of evidence, despite the case being handed over to the CBI, which failed even to recover the weapon used for killing the two.

The case was handed over from the Noida police to the CBI in June last year.

After botched up investigations, headed by Arun Kumar, the case was handed over to a new team earlier this month, after reports that that the original vaginal swabs of the Class IX student Aarushi had been replaced.

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