He not only failed to solve the murder, it turns out he wasn't even called Hercule.
The parrot, that was credited with solving the murder of his mistress, may have done little to aid the investigations, reveals an Indian Express report.
Neelam, wife of a local Hindi newspaper editor Vijay Sharma, was found murdered at her residence in Balkeshwar colony here on 20 February.
While the police were looking for the killer, it was reported that the family noted a change in the behaviour of their pet parrot whenever a nephew, Ashutosh Sharma Goswami, came to the house.
"It sulked every time Ashutosh passed its cage," Sharma's brother Ajay was quoted as saying.
When Ashutosh's name was among the names taken, the parrot reportedly started shouting 'Usne maara, Usne maara' (He has killed), Ajay had said.
However, police have a less exotic explanation for how they solved the murder.
The police said that they had found the nephew with a bite mark on his hand that he was unable to explain convincingly and on raiding his house had recovered the murder weapon, stated the report.
The parrot, called Hira, was called into service by the daughter of the victim and a local reporter who began taking the names of the suspects before it.
"We took the names of all the people in the house in front of him, including my brother, the milkman, and my cousin Ashutosh. Hira started squawking when we took Ashutosh’s name,” Pallavi, a daughter of the victim, said.
It however, had little bearing on the investigations in the case, the police said.
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Updated Date: Mar 01, 2014 16:45:16 IST