Noida neigh­bours re­main silent

DNA (Delhi) - - NEWS - Sak­shi Chand sak­shi.chand@dnain­

The Jal Vayu Vi­har colony in Noida’s Sec­tor-25 once again courted a herd of me­dia when the judg­ment was an­nounced. While some peo­ple were aware of the frenzy, the res­i­dents of the in­fa­mous build­ing stayed be­hind closed doors.

The Jal­vayu Vi­har colony in Noida’s Sec­tor-25 area once again wit­nessed a herd of me­dia per­sons when the judge­ment on the in­fa­mous dou­ble mur­der of thir­teen-year-old Aarushi Tal­war and do­mes­tic help Hem­raj was an­nounced.

While some peo­ple in the colony were aware as to why the me­dia vans and jour­nal­ists thronged the area, the res­i­dents of the build­ing, where the mur­der had taken place, stayed be­hind closed doors. Most of the res­i­dents chose to stay silent and re­fused to com­ment on the case. Even af­ter the ver­dict, only a hand­ful of them spoke to the me­dia.

As soon as you en­ter the so­ci­ety gate, the guards even with­out any ques­tion guide you to the ‘Aarushi’ res­i­dence.

“Aarushi was a lovely and an in­no­cent child. We can not com­ment on the court judge­ment. Their judge­ment is based on the ev­i­dence. All I would like to say is that the killers should be pun­ished. What hap­pened in­side their house is not known to any­one,” said Al­pana Bhat­na­gar, a neighbour re­sid­ing in the ad­ja­cent block.

Some res­i­dents, who were chat­ting among them­selves at the bus stand wait­ing to pick up their kids, said it is her fa­ther, Ra­jesh Tal­war, who could have killed them as of the four peo­ple in the house two were mur­dered.

“From in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the crime, ev­ery­thing was hushed. They might be lib­eral par­ents, but how can they not be aware of some­one killing their daugh­ter in the ad­ja­cent room,” said a se­nior cit­i­zen at the colony.

While the dou­ble mur­der still re­mains a mys­tery, most neigh­bours fondly re­call Aarushi as a cute and nice girl.

Saniya Mal­ho­tra, a PR pro­fes­sional and one of Ra­jesh Tal­war’s pa­tients, said, “I know the cou­ple since 2005, and they are re­ally kind-hearted peo­ple. They were a happy fam­ily. He used to say I was like his daugh­ter, as I was of Aarushi’s age. Jus­tice has fi­nally been de­liv­ered. Now, the po­lice should re­open the case and ar­rest the ac­tual cul­prit.”

This case is still un­solved and re­mains as mys­te­ri­ous as it was nine years ago. No one knows who killed Aarushi and Hem­raj, even to­day.

—Abhiram, plumber at the Jal Vayu Vi­har colony

Tal­wars de­served to be free be­cause I don’t think par­ents would kill their chil­dren. Aarushi was their only daugh­ter and they lost her.

—Yo­gesh, the su­per­vi­sor of work­ers of Jal Vayu Vi­har

The im­por­tance of this judge­ment is that it cor­rects one of the most gross mis­car­riages of jus­tice. The only du­bi­ous part was how CBI dealt with it.

—Avi­rook Sen,

au­thor of Aarushi

It was emo­tion­ally drain­ing for me to see my daugh­ter be­hind the bars for some­thing she has not done. I am grate­ful to god and ju­di­ciary.

—BG Chit­nis, grand­fa­ther (for­mer IAF cap­tain)

The judge­ment has come as a re­lief for all who have watched the cou­ple suf­fer. We are thank­ful to ju­di­ciary for bring­ing an end to the in­jus­tice.

—Van­dana Tal­war,

Aarushi’s aunt

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