Renuka again attacks Noida cops, Balaji Telefilms over Aarushi murder

June 10th, 2008 - 10:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jun 10 (IANS) Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury Tuesday again criticised Noida police over their shoddy handling of the probe into the murder of teenager Aarushi Talwar and her domestic help last month. Speaking at the launch of a mobile medical van equipped with basic medical facilities meant for disadvantaged women and children, Chowdhury also criticised Balaji Telefilm’s move to make a serial on the life of Aarushi as “insensitive”.

Chowdhury, who has attacked Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Maywati for defending the police officers for using “derogatory” language against the murder victim, said: “From day one we are saying that the top cops should be suspended and the Inspector General of Police (Gurdarshan Singh) summoned for an explanation. It would be unfortunate if this is not being done.”

She said she is contemplating legal action against the police officers. However, she denied she was interfering in the case.

“I will continue doing that if proper action is not taken against people who are on the wrong side,” she said.

On Balaji Telefilm’s move to telecast episodes inspired by the Aarushi incident, the minister said: “Any move to use the Noida twin murder case as a plot in a teleserial will reflect an insensitive attitude towards a minor.”

Aarushi’s mother Nupur Talwar had approached a child rights panel Monday to stop Balaji Telefilms from making a TV soap on the story of her daughter.

The minister said the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights heard the plea of Aarushi’s mother and would give its views after examining all facts.

Aarushi was found dead at her Noida residence May 16. While police initially named missing domestic help Hemraj as the main suspect, they found his body on the terrace the next day.

Her father Rajesh Talwar, a prominent dentist, has been arrested as a suspect in the murders. The Noida police initially cast aspersions on his character and even on Aarushi - a statement that has been condemned by many, including Chowdhury.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is now investigating the case.

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