Exhausted Talwar wants time to grieve for Aarushi(Second Lead)

July 12th, 2008 - 1:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Noida/Ghaziabad, July 12 (IANS) A pale and visibly drained Rajesh Talwar, who was given a clean chit in the murders of his teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, walked out of the Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad Saturday and said all he wanted to do was think of his daughter and spend time with his family. Rajesh Talwar, wearing a white T-shirt and trouser, walked out of jail at about 8.30 a.m. after 51 days of imprisonment. The dentist’s relatives, who had been waiting outside the jail, embraced him and whisked him to a car even as hundreds of media persons surrounded them for what has been one of the biggest media stories of the year that has seen TV news channel ratings soar. The policemen were unable to control the mob of journalists.

Rajesh’s brother Dinesh Talwar told reporters: “Please give us some time. Rajesh has just come out of jail. He is very depressed. We need your cooperation.”

Later, while entering his father-in-law’s house in Noida, Talwar said: “My daughter’s death is the biggest grief of my life. I have been suffering no end. All I want to do now is to think of my daughter and spend some time with my family.”

“I thank the CBI for their efforts. It is because of that that I am not in the jail right now,” he said.

On the way to the Noida house, the family had stopped to pray at the Sai Temple in Sector 61.

Although his relief at being released was apparent, Rajesh Talwar, bleary eyed and bearded, looked tired.

His wife Nupur Talwar, who looked equally drained, said: “The incident has left us with pain and suffering. I just want to plead everyone to pray along with us for Aarushi’s soul”.

Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found dead May 16 in the Talwar’s Noida home. The police initially named the Talwars’ domestic help Hemraj as the prime suspect, but had to retract their claim after his body was found the next day on the terrace of the house. Rajesh Talwar was arrested May 23 and police said he killed his daughter in a fit of rage as he objected to her alleged closeness with Hemraj.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Friday cleared Rajesh Talwar of all charges and named his compounder Krishna and Rajkumar, the servant of close family friends Durranis, as those behind the murders.

The CBI said Krishna was the prime accused as he harboured ill-feelings towards the family after being scolded by Rajesh Talwar in public. The agency also said that it had been unable to get any evidence against Rajesh Talwar.

Taking about Rajesh Talwar’s stay in prison, Jail Superintendent V.K. Singh told IANS: “Initially, Rajesh Talwar was sad. He even wept on the first day but slowly he became normal. He used to read the Hindustan Times and some magazines but never watched television. He used to do yoga every morning.”

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