Rajkumar Sharma — one of the three prime accused in Noida’s Aarushi-Hemraj murder case — has returned to India from Nepal and asked for security cover from the inspector-general (IG) of police (Meerut Zone).
In his application, submitted to the police on Tuesday, he claimed he feared a threat to his life from Dr Rajesh Talwar, father of victim Aarushi Talwar, and other people involved in the case.
Sharma had been summoned for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in January and has been called again.
“I feel my life faces a threat from Dr Rajesh Talwar and others. I need police protection as I have to travel to India whenever the CBI asks,” he said.
Javed Akhtar, IG (Meerut) said Sharma’s concerns would be taken care of and instructions have been passed on to Akhil Kumar, Ghaziabad’s special superintendent of police, for provision of security.
However, Dr. Nupur Talwar, the dead schoolgirl’s mother, rubbished the claims.
“These have been made to divert the media and the investigation. If he is under any sort of threat, he should approach the CBI for security,” she said. Every time Sharma is called for the probe, a new controversy crops up which “hampers the investigation process”, she added.
Sharma, however, denied receiving any threats from the Talwar family. “These are only fears,” he said.