Ra­jesh Tal­war hugged me, burst into tears, says Dasna jail chief

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - SPOTLIGHT - Peeyush Khan­del­wal piyush.khan­del­wal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

GHAZI­ABAD: Ra­jesh Tal­war did not hold back his tears. Nor did his wife, Nupur.

As the Al­la­habad High Court pro­nounced its ver­dict in the Aarushi-Hem­raj mur­der case at 2:45pm on Thurs­day, the den­tist cou­ple broke down in their cells at the Dasna Jail, of­fi­cials told Hindustan Times.

“When we went to Dr Ra­jesh (Tal­war), he hugged me and burst into tears. He said that jus­tice has been de­liv­ered,” said DR Mau­rya, su­per­in­ten­dent of Dasna Jail, who broke the news to the cou­ple. “Dr Nupur re­mained silent but she was also in tears,” he added.

Jail of­fi­cials said the cou­ple were pray­ing in their re­spec­tive bar­racks be­fore the judg­ment.

Nupur Tal­war was read­ing a re­li­gious book since 2pm.

The cou­ple are likely to be re­leased on Fri­day af­ter the judg­ment doc­u­ments are de­liv­ered to the jail ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In the morn­ing, Ra­jesh at­tended to an in­mate at the jail hospi­tal which the cou­ple — both den­tists — had re­vived.

Since the time the den­tist cou­ple were con­fined to Dasna Jail, Ra­jesh Tal­war has not stepped out of jail, though Nupur had gone out four times af­ter she was granted “short term” bail to tend to her ail­ing par­ents.

Jail of­fi­cials said that the Tal­wars ap­peared anx­ious since Wed­nes­day but had nor­mal food for din­ner, break­fast on Thurs­day and even had their nor­mal jail lunch — dal, cha­p­ati, rice, veg­etable, daliya and tea.

“Di­nesh, Ra­jesh’s brother, had come to visit them around 5-6 days ago. On the day of the judg­ment, no fam­ily mem­bers or rel­a­tives ar­rived. We have come to know of the judg­ment only through news re­ports and are await­ing the of­fi­cial de­liv­ery of the or­der copy,” Mau­rya added.

Dur­ing the past four years, the Tal­wars have taken up the re­spon­si­bil­ity of treat­ing pris­on­ers, teach­ing chil­dren in­side the jail com­plex.

“They have been spend­ing their free time read­ing lit­er­a­ture, English nov­els, med­i­cal jour­nals and also books on in­ter­na­tional his­tory and eco­nomics,” Pandey added.


The Tal­wars are de­tained at Dasna jail in Ghazi­abad.

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