Yes, I am talking about the sensational, mysterious and nerve-wracking Aarushi murder case. All these nine years I couldn’t believe, rather I didn’t want to believe, what the security agencies told the court. I never believed in the police’s theory when they first said that dentist couple, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, was the real killer of their only daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj Banjade, who were found dead in their house in Jalvayu Vihar, Noida. Not from the perspective of a journalist but that of a human being, my heart kept on ignoring the so-called facts and proofs dug up and presented by various security agencies involved in the case.
Even after almost a decade, the mysterious case never faded from public memory. Now when the parents have been vindicated by the Allahabad high court, memories of the hair-raising crime have come to the forefront.
Whats and Hows!
On May 16, 2008, Aarushi Talwar was found dead in her bedroom and Hemraj was missing. In the most obvious manner, the arrow of suspicion pointed to the servant of the house, 45-year-old Hemraj. The case looked like any other regular case wherein the servants would kill their masters for money. However, Hemraj’s decomposed body was found on the terrace of their house the next day.
That was the time when the case took an appalling turn and so many stories started cooking in the same pot. While the police was unable to find out who the killer was, the public’s imagination soared and various theories emerged in people’s drawing rooms.
According to the police, it was an insider’s job. If not Hemraj then who could be behind the heinous crime? Vishnu Sharma, the Talwars’ former Nepalese domestic help, was then named as a suspect along with the Nepalese compounder of Dr Rajesh Talwar, Krishna, and the domestic help of the Talwars’ neighbours Anita and Praful Durani, Vijay Mandal. Many scientific tests were conducted on them including a polygraph test, Narco Analysis and lie detector test.
By now the police had already declared that the murders were done with surgical meticulousness. Days before her fourteenth birthday, Aarushi’s throat was slit and her head bludgeoned.
According to the police, the murder was committed either by ‘a doctor or a butcher’. “The way Aarushi’s throat was cut points out that it is the work of some professional who can be a doctor or a butcher,” said Additional Director-General of Uttar Pradesh Police (Law and Order) Brijlal in Lucknow.
Claims and loopholes
Uttar Pradesh Police initially claimed that Aarushi was murdered by the family servant Hemraj and that he fled the house after committing the crime.
The police didn’t seal the crime scene and also failed to collect the crucial facts and evidence.
With each passing day, the investigation became misleading and the then chief minister Mayawati handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The CBI suspected Talwars’ assistant Krishna and domestic helps, Rajkumar and Vijay and tried to build the case against them which was again botched up.
After a while, the CBI handed over the investigation to a new team.
The new team wanted to close the case for lack of evidence. According to them the only suspect was Rajesh Talwar but they couldn’t gather evidence against him.
All the investigation teams could never decide what the murder weapon was, leave alone finding it.
The investigation teams could not explain questions arising from the crime scene. The blood stains, the mystery of the wifi router, the pillow cover and many other things pointed out that the crime scene was interfered with.
Many things depended upon the postmortem report but that was goofed up too.
And as if all these errors were not sufficient, there was a “typographical error” in the blood sample report, according to which Krishna’s name in the report was an error.
So Many Suspects And The Final Arrest
Subsequently, the parents came under the suspicion radar and on May 23, the father, Dr. Rajesh Talwar, was arrested for both murders. The family friends and some part of the public accused the police of botching-up the investigation and framing Rajesh to cover it up. The parents got both sympathy and anger from the nation.
In fact some members of the general public had already held the couple guilty holding the trial in their own minds.
So much so that an angry young man attacked the father with a meat cleaver during trial at a court complex! Daily a new report was popping up, a new angle was discovered and a new investigation team was taking control of the case. It seemed an unending investigation in the appalling double murder case of its time.
In all the confusion, trials and pleas, the mother Dr Nupur Talwar was also arrested.
The Ghaziabad district court charged the couple with murder, conspiracy and destruction of evidence. The parents were finally convicted in November and sentenced to life imprisonment by a CBI court.
“The parents are the best protector of their own children and that is the order of the human nature, but they have been freaks in the history of mankind when the father and mother became the killer of their own progeny,” CBI judge Shyam Lal wrote in the verdict.
Later, Talwars filed an appeal in the Allahabad High Court challenging the lower court’s order. On October 12, giving them benefit of doubt, the Allahabad High Court ruled that the dentist couple was not guilty of the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008 and set them free.
BIC (Botched Investigation Company) has again approached Yashica Jalhotra to nail the real culprit this time.