Apart From Talwars, Here Are 8 High Profile Murder Cases That Are Still Mysterious

While Murders and death go hand in hand, catching the culprit’s neck becomes a task that at times becomes difficult. There is nothing more petrifying than an unsolved murder case – a probability where the murderer is on loose and India, unfortunately, has quite a few of them. At times, these unsolved murder mysteries have led to an inspiration for movies or books.

Today, in a major twist, the Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted dentist couple Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in connection with the 2008 Aarushi-Hemraj murder case. The double murder was certainly one of the most infamous murders that have taken place in the country. Aarushi’s body was found at her Noida based residence and Hemraj’s body was found two days later on the terrace.

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Here are 8 of the most chilling unsolved murders in India:

1. Sheena Bora

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Sheena Bora was killed in a car allegedly by Indrani (mother), her ex-husband(mother’s) and her driver. Indrani was arrested in August 2015. Three months later Peter Mukerjea was also arrested. Sheena Bora, an executive working for Mumbai Metro One went missing on 24 April 2012.

In August 2015 Mumbai Police arrested her mother Indrani Mukerjea, her stepfather Sanjeev Khanna, and her mother’s driver, Shyamvar Pinturam Rai, for allegedly abducting and killing her and subsequently burning her corpse. Khanna and Rai confessed to the crime.

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This case became sensational for two reasons: The people involved. Secondly, the way in which the alleged killers covered their tracks and escaped all suspicion for three years. The case would have remained one more of Mumbai Police’s unsolved cases had an informer not tipped off the cops about the murder that occurred three years ago. (Source) The real cause of murder is still unknown.

2. Sunanda Pushkar

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Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, was found dead under highly mysterious circumstances on January 17, 2014, a day after she had an ugly spat on Twitter with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar. On January 16, Sunanda had put out some tweets which hinted to a possible romantic liaison between Shashi Tharoor and Mehr Tarar.

Investigators had pointed out at that time that Pushkar’s body had 12 injury marks including a bite mark on her hand. However, the injuries were not life-threatening but raised questions as to whether she was physically assaulted before her death.

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Other theories that did the rounds at that time said that she had overdosed on sleeping pills. Pushkar’s autopsy report had stated that the cause of death was unnatural. The report also indicated that she died of drug overdose, most likely a combination of sedatives, other strong medicines and probably alcohol. What isn’t clear is whether she was forcibly administered the same or did she willingly consume it herself. (Source)

3. Divya Bharti

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Divya Bharti had starred in a number of commercially successful Hindi and Telugu pictures in the early 1990s. She was one of the highest-paid and well-established actresses at that time. She acted in over 14 Hindi films between 1992 and 1993, which is to date an unbroken record in Hindi cinema.

But it was on the night of April 5, 1993, that the actress had fallen from the fifth-storey window ledge of Tulsi Apartments in Mumbai. But the fifth-floor apartment didn’t belong to her. It was in the name of ‘someone else’. Reports of the time don’t say who this ‘someone’ is.

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There were reports which said that she was married to a film producer Sajid Nadiadwala. They were married at an undisclosed ceremony eight months before the incident.

At the time of the fatal fall, designer Neeta and her husband, psychiatrist Shyam Lulla, were at the Tulsi Apartments home. Bottles of Black Label scotch and a Mauritian brand of rum were in the apartment’s drawing room table. Divya had drunk rum and was in high spirits.

Apparently, Divya climbed out of the apartment’s window to stand on a 12-inch ledge, turned around to face the drawing room, lost her balance, fell and landed on her back that led to her death. It was never officially confirmed whether her fatal fall was the result of a murder, suicide, or accidental. Her parents called her death an accident, and Mumbai Police closed the investigation in 1998, labelling it as accidental. (Source)

4. Adnan Patrawala

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Adnan Patrawala was the teenage son of a businessperson from Mumbai. On 18 August 2007, Adnan was kidnapped for ₹2 crore ransom. He was murdered the next day when news of the kidnapping broke on national TV and print media.

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His alleged killers – five in total – included two teens. They had befriended him at a gaming parlour at a mall in North West Mumbai. They interacted with him regularly on Orkut. Those charged with his murder were found not guilty.

5.Rizwanur Rahman

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Rizwanur Rehman was a middle-class computer graphic trainer, who fell in love with Priyanka Todi, daughter of the noted industrialist Ashok Todi head of Lux Hosiery Group, and later married her.

Rizwan and Priyanka had not informed their families, as they expected fierce opposition, particularly from Priyanka’s family. On a friend’s advice, the couple wrote to the commissioner of police, informing them about the marriage and requesting police protection.

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Ashok Todi tried to persuade the cops and asked them to separate the couple. Rizwanur was forced to send his wife Priyanka to her father’s home and later wasn’t allowed to talk to her. On September 21, 2007, his body was recovered from the railway track in Kolkata. The incident was brushed aside as a case of suicide. 

But evidence of police intimidation led to a media furore, alleging that the authorities were covering up the incident under pressure from Todi.

6. Nanavati case

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The murder case on which Rustom movie was based on. A love triangle in 1950s Bombay: A Parsi naval commander called Kawas Nanavati. His beautiful English wife Sylvia. Her handsome lover Prem Ahuja. A chance discovery that led to an impassioned double murder, followed immediately by a confession, a trial and Bombay’s elite communities divided over the verdict. This was also the case that was put an end to the jury system in India. 

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Never before or since have such heights of power been so unabashedly coopted;  never before or since has an accused murderer turned into a hero, swooned over and worshipped by frenetic crowds.

No wonder it caught the imagination of writer Indra Sinha, who fictionalized the events of that decade in her book The Death Of Mr. Love, and of Salman Rushdie, who referenced the case in the story of Commander Sabarmati in Midnight’s Children.

7.Naina Sahni tandoor murder case

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Sushil Sharma, a former Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress president, was convicted in 2003 for the murder of his wife Naina Sahni. The murder took place in July 1995. He killed his wife on the suspicion that she was having an extra-marital affair with her former classmate, a fellow Congress worker.

On July 2, Sharma reportedly saw Naina on the phone as he entered the house. She hung up, but he hit redial to find the call answered by Naina’s former classmate and Congress colleague.

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Enraged, he used his pistol to kill her, then carried her body to the restaurant where he chopped it into small pieces and tried to burn it in the tandoor

8. Charles Sobhraj

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If there’s one man who can be called a celebrity in the world of crime, it’s Charles Sobhraj. More popularly known as the bikini killer, his was a game of seduction – smooth talk, drugs and alcohol and then murder – and there is no confirmed account of how many have perished at his hands.

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Australian writer Richard Neville wrote an entire biography of the man, detailing his life and travels and attempting to decode the way he thought. Our man Sobhraj is unapologetic, though – he even tried to sell his life story for a few millions to an interested producer from Hollywood.

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