Mem­o­ries of Aarushi fade as life goes on at Jal­vayu Vi­har

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - SPOTLIGHT - Vinit vinit.koneru@htlive.com

NOIDA: Nine-and-a-half years later, the mem­o­ries of 14-year-old girl Aarushi Tal­war and do­mes­tic ser­vant Hem­raj Ban­jade, have now faded with time. How­ever, neem trees named in the mem­ory of the two are slowly grow­ing in a gar­den near L32 flat in Jal­vayu Vi­har, Sec­tor 25, here.

On May 16, 2008, the day Aarushi was found mur­dered, ev­ery­one liv­ing in the lo­cal­ity re­ceived a shock. In the fol­low­ing days as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­folded, ev­ery nook and cor­ner of Jal­vayu Vi­har re­ver­ber­ated with sev­eral the­o­ries be­hind the deaths. Within a few days, even the na­tion started pon­der­ing over the­o­ries be­hind the crime, fol­low­ing in­tense me­dia cov­er­age.

“Peo­ple started mak­ing their own the­o­ries on the in­ci­dent.

On the day she was found dead, Tal­war’s do­mes­tic help, Hem­raj Ban­jade, was miss­ing and he be­came the ini­tial sus­pect.

A day later, when his body was dis­cov­ered on the ter­race of their res­i­dence, her par­ents, Dr Ra­jesh Tal­war and Dr Nupur Tal­war, be­came the prime sus­pects,” said (re­tired) Com­man­der Naren­dra Mo­han, who has lived in the neigh­bour­hood since 1994. “Po­lice started be­liev­ing some select ru­mours and pro­ceeded into the mat­ter,” he said.

How­ever, those who closely knew the fam­ily re­fused to be­lieve the the­ory that the doc­tor cou­ple mur­dered their only child and the do­mes­tic help, he added.

Deepali, a rel­a­tively newer res­i­dent of Jal­vayu Vi­har, who owns a house in the same block, said, “When we bought a home two years back in this block, we did not knew that Aarushi lived here, but later came to know about it. But the in­ci­dent is a thing of past now... No one re­ally talks about it, ex­cept the news chan­nels.”

VIRENDRA SINGH GOSAIN/HT PHOTO

The tree in the lo­cal­ity planted in mem­ory of Aarushi.

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