Talwars killed my husband, Hemraj's wife tells court

Ghaziabad, March 26 (IANS) The wife of domestic help Hemraj, who was murdered along with Noida teenager Aarushi Talwar in 2008, Saturday filed an application before a court here alleging that her husband was killed by his employers and the girl's parents.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will record the statement of Khukla Banjade, wife of Hemraj alias M. Prasad Banjade, April 27.

Fourteen-year-old Aarushi Talwar was brutally murdered in her Noida flat on the night of May 15-16, 2008. Hemraj was initially thought to be the killer but his body was found a day later on the terrace of the house of Aarushi's dentist parents and his employers Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.

Banjade (43), who lives in Nepal, said that about 15 days before Hemraj's murder he told her on phone that Talwars were short tempered and scolded him on minor issues.

He told her that the Talwars used to doubt him and once they told him that they suspected him of leaking information about their family matters. They threatened to kill him if he was found to be leaking information, she said.

He was planning to change his job, she said.

She claimed her husband used to call her on two phone numbers - 0097777420086 and 0097777169723 - installed on two different phone booths near her house in Nepal.

She said Hemraj visited Nepal in December 2007 and after that he did not send any money for her household expenses.

On being asked on phone, he assured her that he had kept his money with the Talwars and would bring it with him on his next visit, she said.

She said Hemraj had told her that he had given the Nepal telephone numbers to his employers.

But his employers did not inform her or send his dues to her after his murder, she said.

She said she came to know about the murder from TV channels and waited for the government officials to inform her.

She has now come to record her statement before the court after no official took her statement, said her lawyer Naresh Yadav.