Arushi Murder case, one of the most sensational case that rocked the capital of India in the year 2008 remains unsolved till date. Although there were various speculations had been displayed in the movie “Talwar”. According to the sources, days after the film released, investigating officer in the case, joint director Arun Kumar, played by Irfan Khan, said that he believed Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are. In an interview to NDTV, he said that investigations in the case were botched up. Now, seven years after Aarushi’s death, her grandfather and war veteran Group Captain BG Chitnis (Retd), who had stayed away from media glare until today, has broken his silence. What did he tell the media? Read here.
Arushi’s grandfather with whom Arushi spent her early years of life finally broken his long silence and told the media that Arushi had brought boundless happiness into our lives had left use miserably. In an emotional open letter, he pleaded for a free and fair trial for the Talwar couple. He also revealed that the Noida police had repeatedly warned them to stay away from the media and not speak up “to hide their incompetence”.
Here’s the full text of the letter:
I had an angel – Aarushi – as my granddaughter who was lovingly brought up at our – her Grandparents’ house – since she was born in May 1994. I had seen her blossom into a doe-eyed, beautiful, radiant and sparkling young girl who brought into our lives boundless happiness and joy.
But the destiny, at its worst, separated us from her just as she turned 14 years old, in the cruelest manner. She was murdered in her own house, in her own bed.
When I saw her lifeless like a doll in her bed, I was numb with unimaginable shock. I could see faces around me with pairs of eyes following me. Some with curiosity, some moist, some with unbelievable blank expression, to fathom what had happened. I saw my daughter Nupur crying copiously and Rajesh – Aarushi’s father, moving around aimlessly, not knowing what was happening around.
The days passed, with a boorish local police trying to investigate the murder in a disinterested manner culminating in the arrest of Rajesh, and subsequently infamous press briefing by IG Meerut causing an unprecedented uproar in the media. UP Police had repeatedly warned us not to talk to as it would adversely impact the case but their motive was otherwise. They wanted to keep us away from the media to hide their incompetence.
The media became ferocious with speculative character assassination of Aarushi and her parents. The onslaught was severe. This bizarre circus throughout the trial culminating into an astounding judgment declaring Nupur and Rajesh guilty, and sentencing them to life in prison.
When the judgment was pronounced, I literally sank on my knees, eyes overflowing with tears, body and soul completely battered. Destiny had delivered them and us another crushing blow and my world collapsed around me once more.
At 83, I do not think that I would be alive to see them out of jail, but I want to die knowing that people will continue to fight against this huge injustice. I feel completely let down by the institutions, by establishments, be they are police, media, CBI or judiciary.
I am not asking for anything wrong to be done. I am not asking anything more than what is legally due to them. Just as I have protected the country’s honor when I was in the air force, is it, not they are right for a free and fair trial and restore their honor, or whatever is still left by now? I fought two wars for this country, I served the country with honesty, integrity, and utmost dedication, and at this old age, this is what I get in return from every respected institution of this country?
ALL OF THE US SHOULD PONDER OVER THE FACT THAT IT’S FRIGHTENING EVEN TO THINK WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO NUPUR AND RAJESH. AND IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANY OF US IN THE SOCIETY?
Sometimes I wonder if this is the country I dreamt about and fought for.
– Gp Capt. B G Chitnis (Retd.)
The letter was published on the Facebook page ‘Free The Talwars’ on 10 October.