Okay, you might ask that how can we compile this list without mentioning the names of Bapu, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Pramod Mahajan, Gulshan Kumar and others. Well, they were celebrity, and even the tinniest news related to them makes a headline across the media industry. The names which we’ve listed here on the page of ten controversial murder cases in India, have nothing to do with a celebrity thing. They were common — as you and me; but ironically, before departing to clouds. NewsYaps is offering you the names of ten unfortunates who came to prominence after they became the victim of a heinous crime — murder. Movies have been made, books have been written, yet the story is incomplete……
10. Amar Singh Chamkila:
It was March 8, 1988, when Amar Singh Chamkila, a controversial yet far-famed Punjabi singer was killed by unidentified killers in Mehsampur, Punjab. Counted among one of the most notable live stage performers, Chamkila was best known for having an unparalleled lyrical mastery. On the day of his disastrous destiny, Chamkila was accompanied by his wife Amarjot and other musicians. As soon as they stepped out of their car, a group of unknown youths approached them and pumped bullets from AK 47 in their bodies, killing them all almost instantly. The controversial murder case of Amar Singh Chamkila is still unexplored.
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9. Rizwanur Rahman:
A middle-class man, Rizwanur Rahman was a computer graphics trainer in Kolkata, who fell in love and later married Priyanka Todi, daughter of noted industrialist Ashok Todi who heads the Lux Hosiery group. Priyanka’s father was extremely displeased by her daughter’s decision and convinced cops by his power to separate the couple. Rahman was compelled to send his wife to her father’s home and was refused permission to talk to her. On September 21, 2007, Rahman’s body was discovered beside a railway track in Kolkata, which was brushed aside by cops as a simple case of suicide. This case was about to be closed due to the lack of evidences when mainstream media jumped in it suspecting the role of local authorities and other political big shots. Later, this controversial case was declared as one of murder and was handed over to the CBI for further investigations.
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8. Chandrashekhar Prasad:
An iconic student leader of the Jawaharlal Nehru University and an emerging politician of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, Chandrashekhar Prasad aka Chandu was barbarically killed in broad daylight on March 31, 1997, in Siwan, Bihar. He was addressing a meeting in his hometown when he, along with companion Shyam Narain Yadav, fell to the guiles of destiny in an open fire by unknown assassinators. This controversial murder case generated a massive outrage among students across the nation.
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7. Naina Sahni:
Counted among one of the most gruesome murder cases in India, this notorious assassination which is best known as the “Tandoor Murder Case”, deals with the poor fate of Naina Sahni. Naina was the wife of a former youth congress leader, Sushil Sharma, and was believed to have an unlawful relationship with Matloob Karim, an old friend of hers. Angered by this affinity, Sushil, on the night of July 2, 1995, fatally shot Naina and chopped her body into pieces, before stuffing it in the clay oven of Bagiya restaurant, New Delhi. After absconding for a week, Sharma eventually surrendered himself to the police.
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6. Shivani Bhatnagar:
Shivani Bhatnagar, a famed journalist of the Indian Express, was killed on January 23, 1999, in her apartment flat, located at I P Extension, New Delhi. Ravi Kant Sharma, an IPS of 1976 batch, Haryana cadre, was charged as the main culprit of this murder case. Sharma and Shivani had intimate relations, and Sharma feared she would go public, exposing their hidden affinity. After absconding for more than three years, Sharma surrendered to the police, but was later acquitted by the Delhi High Court in 2011, due to the lack of firm evidences.
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5. Neeraj Grover:
This controversial murder case revolves around three people – Neeraj Grover, an employee of a Mumbai based production house, Maria Susairaj, a struggling Kannada actress, and Lieutenant M.L. Jerome Mathew, a Navy officer posted in Kochi who was the boyfriend of Maria. On the night of May 6, 2008, Neeraj approached Maria’s new house in Malad to help her settle in. On the very same night, Mathew called Maria and got upset after hearing that Neeraj is staying in his girlfriend’s flat. Filled with jealousy and rage, next morning, Mathew reached the new flat of Maria and stabbed Neeraj with a kitchen knife, killing him on the spot. After chopping the body into more than 300 pieces and stuffing them into bags, they went to a jungle in vicinity and set the bags on fire. Some circumstances after the entire murder game lead the police to nab actual culprits.
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4. Nitish Katara:
An alumni of Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, Nitish Katara, a 24-year-old, young and dashing business executive was brutally murdered by Vikas and Vishal Yadav. For over five years, Nitish was in a relationship with his classmate, Bharti Yadav, daughter of the notorious criminal-turned politician D.P. Yadav. On the night of Feb 16, 2002, in a wedding ceremony, Bharti’s brother Vishal and cousin Vikas took away Nitish in their SUV and set his body to fire after beating him to death. After the arrest, both accepted that the murder case was a matter honour killing, as their family was not interested in giving this relationship a “green signal”.
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3. Priyadarshini Mattoo:
On January 23, 1996, Priyadarshini Mattoo, a dynamic and talented law student of Delhi University was found dead at her uncle’s house in New Delhi. Santosh Kumar Singh, Mattoo’s senior in her college, was made the prime suspect as he had been harassing and stalking her for years. On the morning of January 23, Santosh, son of an influential IPS officers, approached the house of Priyadarshini’s uncle and outraged her modesty before strangling her with an electric wire. He also struck her several times with a motorcycle helmet, making her face unrecognisable. On October 30, 2006, he was sentenced to death by the Delhi High Court, but later in 2010, his death sentence was transposed to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court of India. This controversial murder case witnessed a nation-wide protest as well as an immense coverage of the mainstream media.
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2. Jessica Lal:
Counted among one of the most controversial murder cases in India, this incident took place in the wee hours of April 30, 1999, at a bar in Mehrauli, New Delhi. In the socialite party, Jessica Lal, a Delhi based model, was working as a celebrity barmaid when she was approached by Manu Sharma and his friends. Manu, son of an influential politician of congress party, offered her Rs. 1000 and demanded for more liquor. When Jessica denied the demand of liquor explaining him the rules of court for not selling alcohol after 12.30 AM, Manu went furious and fired a shot from his pistol aiming Jessica’s head which resulted in her instant death. Due to heavy public outcry and extensive media pressure, Sharma was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Delhi High Court on December 20, 2006. Later, this sentence was endorsed by the Supreme Court of India.
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1. Aarushi Talwar:
Since May 16, 2008, the controversial murder case of Aarushi Talwar has rarely been out of the news. On this day, Aarushi, a student of class 9 in DPS Noida, and the only adopted child of renowned dentist couple — Dr. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, was discovered dead with her throat slit in her house located in Noida. Initially, Hemraj, the manservant of home, was conceived as the suspect, but later when his decomposed body was found from the terrace of home, the Talwar couple straightforwardly came on the radar of investigation team. Both have been accused for murdering their daughter as well as Hemraj, and are currently going through series of trials.
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