Ashutosh Goswami almost got away with killing his aunt after police were left puzzled about the identity of the killer.
Goswami left no clues and his victim was the only witness – or as he thought.
But private eye parrot Heera, nicknamed Hercule, was also in the house at the time and it was up to him to help solve the case.
In one of India’s strangest murder mysteries, victim Neela Sharma’s widower Vijay Sharma read out a list of names to Hercule – including Goswami’s.
Like a true detective, the parrot waited for his time to reveal all and reportedly squawked: “Usne maara, usne maara” – ‘He’s the killer, he’s the killer.’