For family of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, it will be Diwali after nine years
Aarushi and Hemraj were found murdered in May 2008 and a Ghaziabad court convicted Aarushi’s parents, Nupur and Rajesh, for life imprisonment in November 2008. They were acquitted by Allahabad High Court last Thursday.noida Updated: Oct 17, 2017 08:08 IST
The family of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar on Monday said ‘full justice is awaited’ in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case as the investigating agencies have failed to find the killer.
Aarushi and Hemraj were found murdered in May 2008 and a Ghaziabad court convicted Aarushi’s parents, Nupur and Rajesh, for life imprisonment in November 2008. They were acquitted by Allahabad High Court last Thursday.
The couple were released from the jail on Monday.
“The killers are still out. The Allahabad high court has mentioned it in its order, page 227 onwards. I don’t have to say anything more about it,” said group captain BG Chitnis (retired), Nupur’s father.
“It was a double setback for us as Aarushi left us and later Nupur was put behind the bars. We are happy that Nupur and Rajesh are back with us,” he said.
Chitnis and his wife attended hearings at the trial court in Ghaziabad and were seen sitting on the last bench of the court, which was earlier located in a corner of the Ghaziabad district court complex.
After they were released from Dasna Jail, the Talwar couple reach the Jalvayu Vihar house of Nupur’s parents. The Talwars lived in the same locality.
“We did not celebrate any festival since Aarushi left us. Today, we are happy to have Rajesh and Nupur back with us. They will stay here for some time. We have cooked Gobhi, bhindi and dahi vada, things they like to eat. Aarushi’s cousin has decorated the house. It has been years since our family and relatives have come together,” said Lata Chitnis, Nupur’s mother.
“This year, we will celebrate Diwali after nine years. Aarushi’s friends will also join us. It is up to Rajesh and Nupur, how long they want to stay here,” she said.
She ruled out that the couple will return to the L-32 flat where the murders took place. The Talwars have rented out the flat.
Aarushi and Hemraj were murdered at Talwars’ Jalvayu Vihar residence. Aarushi was found dead on May 16 and a day later the body of their domestic help Hemraj was found on the terrace.
During long course of different legal proceedings since 2008, the trial court at Ghaziabad convicted both Nupur and Rajesh for life imprisonment in November 2013. The trial court order, acquitting Nupur and Rajesh, was set aside by Allahabad high court on October 12 and their release from Dasna was possible only on October 16 after the release documents were finally processed and reached Dasna jail.
“In jail, they have not been demanding and their conduct was ‘good.’ Had there been a grading system, we would have awarded them ‘excellent’ for their conduct during their stay here. They had simple jail food here which includes vegetable, rice, chapati, tea, etc as served to other inmates,” said DR Maurya, Dasna jail superintendent.
For the past two days, the Ghaziabad administration had prepared a plan for the Talwars’ release once they moved out of jail. Police force from two police stations was deployed for their security.
“Both were anxious and had mixed feeling when they were moving out as there was a huge media presence outside jail, waiting to click their pictures or get their bytes. Rajesh had been attacked in Ghaziabad court earlier. We counselled both of them. As part of the plan, we requested them to stay at the main gate for a brief time and later took them out to their cars amid police security,” said Prem Ranjan Singh, joint magistrate, Ghaziabad.
First Published: Oct 16, 2017 23:54 IST