Pet parrot’s ‘testimony’ sends two to jail for life for murder

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Neelam Sharma was murdered in her own home in February 2014, and had her home robbed in Agra. Years later, the court has sentenced two for life imprisonment. Courtesy, a pet parrot’s ‘testimony’.

The police had found no leads until Sharma’s pet parrot began screaming the name of her nephew, reported India Today.

Her husband, Vijay Sharma became suspicious after hearing the parrot’s cries and requested the police to question the nephew. The nephew, Ashu, confessed to murdering Neelam with the help of his friend Ronnie Massey.

Today, nine years after the murder, Special Judge Mohammad Rashid sentenced both the accused – Ashu and Ronnie – to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 72,000 based on Ashu’s confession and subsequent evidence.

According to information obtained by India Today, Vijay Sharma left his home on February 20, 2014, to attend a wedding in Firozabad with his son Rajesh and daughter Nivedita.

Neelam stayed home. When Vijay returned late at night, he was surprised to find the bodies of his wife and pet dog. The two were killed with a sharp object. After informing the police, some suspects were caught.

Vijay Sharma’s pet parrot, on the other hand, stopped eating and drinking and went silent. Sharma suspected that the parrot may have witnessed the murder.

When he began naming the suspects one by one in front of the parrot, the bird was horrified by Ashu’s name and began screaming “Ashu-Ashu.” Even in front of the police, when the parrot had the same reaction to Ashu’s name, he was arrested. This was also mentioned by the police during their investigation.

Nivedita Sharma, Neelam Sharma’s daughter, told India Today that Ashu used to come and go to the house and even stayed for many years.

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