New Delhi, Nov 26 (): Aarushi Talwar and her servant Hemraj murder took place more than five years in flat No L-32 of Jal Vayu Vihar in Noida but after the incident, the neighbours and other domestic helps have stopped using the stairs that lead to the terrace.
On May 15, 2008, Aarushi’s body was found inside the apartment while Hemraj’s was found on the terrace a day later. Though there were no reports of any untoward incident or unnatural happenings having taken place since then, there is an air of fear and reluctance among many other residents of the building who avoid the apartment’s terrace. Most were not willing to talk about the spooky issue, and few chose to speak anonymously.
Tanvir Ali and his family, the new occupants of L-32, are least concerned about the bizarre tales from the locals. Tanvir has a family of six. They have been staying in the house for the last four years but have not faced any spooky problems yet.
Ali does not believe in ghosts either. Ali, who comes from Bareilly, earlier resided in Sector 34 of Noida and had read about Aarushi’s murder in the newspapers. Despite the sensationalism around the incident, he decided to move into the Talwars’ flat. A cook who works in same L-block said a disturbing silence keeps haunting her.
In the beginning, she was very scared of coming to L block. The very thought of working in a building where the murders took place gave her the shivers. Residents have inscribed ‘Om’ on the wall of the terrace where Hemraj’s body was found. She has got used to it but still can’t gather enough courage to go to the terrace.
Another resident says that despite many attempts, bloodstains on the way to the terrace could not be removed. To ward off the ghosts, two neem trees were planted in memory of Aarushi and Hemraj in a park close to the apartment in 2008. When some people tried to remove it, residents of Jal Vayu Vihar warned them of most unfortunate events if they did it.
Friends say Aarushi Talwar was a ‘blue blazer’ holder at school, an honour given by the school only to those who scored 85% and above for three consecutive years. She was the lead dancer and founder of ‘Awesome Foursome’, a dance group, and an all-rounder, an ambitious teen who wanted to study at AIIMS and become a doctor one day like her parents.
Just like any teenager, she has been very active on social networking websites. Her Orkut status last says “loving life”. Her friends and family say that is what her life was all about.
Just nine days before her 14th birthday Aarushi, the Noida teen was found murdered in her house. Her parents had planned a big party with her friends at a newly-opened restaurant in Noida’s Sector 18 market.
Ahead of Aarushi’s birthday, her father Rajesh Talwar gifted her a digital camera she had longed for. Aarushi was a music lover and a passionate reader of fiction. She was midway through Chetan Bhagat’s ‘Three Mistakes of My Life’ when she was brutally murdered.
Five years after her death, the birthday celebrations, ordering pizzas and baking cake with her grandmother have all ended. Now, only pictures of Aarushi on each wall of the Talwar’s household are the reminders of happier times. Her dentist parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, no more stay in their Noida house. They have moved to South Delhi where they used to stay when Aarushi was born. After their conviction, the days will be spent in prison and fighting court cases and remembering Aarushi.
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