Noida: Aarushi Talwar’s grandfather Group Captain BG Chitnis (Retired) VSM has broken his silence for the first time since his granddaughter was found murdered in 2008 in her Noida home.
The 80-year-old decorated war veteran of the Indian Air Force has written an open letter which was posted on the Facebook page Free The Talwars.
The trial in the case led to a life sentence for Aarushi’s dentist parents – Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar.
In his letter, Nupur Talwar’s father calls for his daughter and son-in-law’s right for a free and fair trial. Read his point of view here:
A Grandfather’s Plea in an Open Letter – Gp Capt BG Chitnis (Retd) VSM
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 year old, in a most cruel 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 into the arrest of Rajesh, and subsequently infamous press briefing by IG Meerut causing 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 continued throughout the trial culminating into an astounding judgement declaring Nupur and Rajesh guilty, and sentencing them to life in prison.
When the judgement 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.