India is a land of mysteries. And no – I’m not talking about our demographic or religious diversity. Over the last few decades, some peculiar murder mysteries had created a buzz by leaving the entire nation baffled. Death is a mystery in itself, but not knowing what happened to a loved one is something that can keep you awake for a lifetime. Let’s have a look at some of these creepiest murder mysteries that had an irrevocable impact on our society.
- Sunanda Pushkar
The entire nation stood still on January 17, 2014, when Shashi Tharoor’s wife was found dead in room #345 of Chanakyapuri’s Leela Palace. According to an autopsy report, the overconsumption of sleeping pills came out as a reason for her demise. Later on, the report was challenged and the local police claimed that Sunanda was poisoned. Nevertheless, no arrests were made in the case and it still remains open.
- The Nithari massacre
It was in December 2007, when our country realized the hard way that no child is safe in India. Several cadavers and body parts were found in Monin Singh Pandher’s house, and the case shifted its tide to cannibalism.
- Pramod Mahajan
The renowned politician was killed in daylight by Pravin, his younger brother in April 2006. Later, Pravin went to the local police station and confessed his crime.
- Jessica Lal
The case showcased the darker side of power when Manu Sharma (former Union Minister’s son) shot Jessica (because she refused to serve him liquor). It happened in May 1999, but took years to get resolved. It was in 2006, when Manu was sentenced to life imprisonment. It again became household news after the release of the movie No One Killed Jessica, which was based on the same case.
- Amar Singh Chamkila
Considered as one of the best Punjabi performers, the musician was shot dead in broad daylight by a gang of bikers when he was just 27. Everyone from terrorists to his competitors was accused, but no arrests were made.
- Lal Bahadur Shastri
Yes, you have read it right. The death of our former Prime Minister can never be forgotten by anyone. Almost everyone had their own assumptions as he died right after signing the Tashkent Declaration, while he was still in a foreign land.
- Arushi Talwar
No one can forget the double murder mystery of Arushi and Hemraj that happened way back in 2008 in Noida. Arushi was found dead in her own house on May 16, 2008. Hemraj was the prime suspect until his corpse was discovered by the authorities.The case became a media sensation and even became an inspiration for a movie. Later in 2013, Dr. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar (Arushi’s parents) were found guilty and honor killing was assumed as the prime motive behind the murder.
- The Tandoor murder case
It happened in July 1995, when Sushil Sharma (a former Youth Congress president) killed his wife, Naina Sahni. After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that Sushil blamed his wife for committing adultery. He killed her and later chopped her body into small pieces and roasted it in a tandoor. Though he was sentenced a life imprisonment, but the murder is still considered as one of the most barbaric cases of all.
- KD Kempamma
Also known as the “Cyanide Mallika”, she is assumed as India’s first woman serial killer. She killed a total of 6 women from 1999 to 2007 by poisoning them with cyanide to rob their jewelry and other belongings. She was arrested in 2007 and given a life imprisonment.Sleep well tonight, my friend. Sleep well (and double-check every latch).