Dr Tal­war hugged me and burst into tears, says Dasna jail chief

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Peeyush Khan­del­wal let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AARUSHI MUR­DER CASE Den­tist par­ents be­lieve jus­tice has been de­liv­ered, likely to be re­leased on Fri­day 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 Dasna jail, of­fi­cials told HT.

“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.

The Tal­wars were awarded life sen­tence by a spe­cial CBI court in Ghazi­abad on Novem­ber 26, 2013, a day af­ter their con­vic­tion in the mur­der of their only daugh­ter Aarushi (14) and their do­mes­tic help Hem­raj in 2008.

The cou­ple had chal­lenged the lower court ver­dict.

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

Nupur, as­signed in­mate num­ber 9343/13, was read­ing a re­li­gious book since 2pm when the judg­ment was first sched­uled. Later, the judg­ment resched­uled at 2:45pm. The cou­ple are, how­ever, 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 were con­fined to Dasna jail, Ra­jesh did not step though Nupur had gone out four times af­ter she was granted ‘short term bail’ to tend to her ail­ing par­ents.

Jail of­fi­cials said the Tal­wars were 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, vis­ited them 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

Di­nesh, Ra­jesh’s brother, vis­ited them nearly 5­6 days ago. On the day of the judg­ment, no fam­ily mem­bers or rel­a­tives ar­rived.

DR MAU­RYA, jail su­per­in­ten­dent

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. “It is be­cause of them that our den­tal depart­ment, once shut, has started func­tion­ing. Dr Nupur also teaches chil­dren of in­mates. Both have been pop­u­lar among in­mates due to their cor­dial be­hav­iour,” said Anand Pandey, a phar­ma­cist at the jail hospi­tal.

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


Aarushi Tal­war.

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