The twists and turns of the Aarushi murder caseJuly 12th, 2008 - 6:58 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Rarely has a murder so gripped an entire nation like the Noida double murders - and that for nearly two months. The twisted tale has plumbed the depths of reasoning, raising questions at every turn - when the police in Noida named Rajesh Talwar as the prime suspect in the murders of his daughter and servant, and now with the CBI naming three others as the accused and giving Talwar a clean chit.
After spending over 50 days in jail, Rajesh Talwar walked home Saturday after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said they had no evidence against him in the May 15 night murders of Aarushi and Hemraj.
Talwar hugged his wife Nupur after coming out of the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad. Nupur, who had been pillar of support, said she didn’t have anything to say now.
“I just request everyone to pray with us for the peace of Aarushi’s soul,” she said.
A visibly tired Rajesh, while thanking the CBI for their efforts, said: “All that I want to do now is spend time thinking about my daughter and spend time with my family”.
Their relief and that of their relatives and friends has come after an ordeal of nearly two months when all kinds of sordid theories were being floated about the family and the motive behind the murders - that Aarushi and Hemraj were possibly getting close, that Talwar was into a relationship with his colleague, there were even rumours about a wife swapping angle.
When the Noida Police hinted at an illicit relation between Talwar and Anita Durani, a fellow dentist and the Talwar’s family friend, Nupur Talwar dismissed it saying that the Duranis were “like an extended family”.
At a press conference May 24, Anita Durani said that she had professional ties with Rajesh Talwar.
“In addition to our professional relationship, our children brought us together - Aarushi and my daughter were studying in the same school,” she said.
“The police have not questioned me in the entire episode. Aarushi was like my daughter. I had good relations with the family and even used to drop Aarushi to school,” she added.
Even as the police investigations were on, the Talwars’ neighbours in the peaceful Jalvayu Vihar in Noida sector 25, expressed their shock after hearing about the incident.
“The children have been affected (by the happenings). They keep hearing the news and find themselves in the midst of a media frenzy,” Sujata Jain, a neighbour said, the worry evident in her voice.
Talking about the episode having a deep impact in the minds of the young, psychiatrist Sameer Parikh said: “The incident has posed serious question about the fundamental framework of society and about all the safety parameters that we have such blind faith in. Naturally, children as well as their parents are very disturbed”.
To the Noida police’s suggestion about Aarushi’s alleged relationship with Hemraj, her friends cried out that the “police has no right to malign a girl’s character who was not even there to defend herself”.
However, in the entire media hoopla that has been generated over Aarushi-Hemraj’s murder, the travails of one man, Hemraj’s son-in-law, Jeevan Sharm, whose life had turned topsy-turvy had become a non-story.
“Papa (Hemraj) had no enemies,” a sobbing Jeevan, who not only lost his father-in-law but also has the added responsibility of feeding the slain man’s family - in addition to his own, told IANS June 14.
Commenting about Krishna, who is now the prime accused in the murder case, Jeevan said: “Krishna was a nice and decent boy. He was very helpful when my brother Raju got injured and gave him blood. He couldn’t murder anyone.”
Krishna’s niece, Sunita Thapa, maintains that her uncle is innocent.
“Krishna was with me till 10.30 pm May 15. We walked from Noida Sector 18 and came home (L-14, Noida Sector 25) and then watched television. After that he went to sleep. There were four people, including my father who were sleeping in the room, at home.”
She also clarified that her father had got up twice or thrice in the night. “Krishna was with us till 7 a.m. on May 16,” she said.
After Talwar was given a clean chit Friday, a sobbing Sunita said that her uncle has been framed simply because he didn’t have the power of money.
“Why don’t they (the police) simply arrest all the servants from some crime or the other?? My uncle is today behind the bars because he is poor…he is innocent,” she cried.