Arushi Talwar was popular among her friends. Everyday she would meet them at the park close to her home in Jalvayu Vihar. Her friends remember her telling them that she wanted to help people,just like her dentist parents.
On Tuesday,the 4th death anniversary of the 14-year-old,the residents of the area planted a tree at the park in her memory. They also held a memorial service.
Ravinder Sharma,a resident of the area,said,We do this every year to remember her. There has been a protracted legal battle and we are no closer to getting her justice. We want her killers to be brought to justice quickly. She was a popular girl in the colony,who did no harm. The residents also lit candles and held up posters demanding Justice for Arushi.
Twenty children,Arushis friends,also participated in the memorial service. I remember very clearly the day before the night she was killed. She was extremely happy because her parents had bought her gifts. She told us about them. We used to play all sorts of games together in the colony like hide-and-seek and hopscotch. The day we found out (about her death),we were all in shock. Four years later,it is still unreal that she was murdered. I avoid coming to this park as it reminds me of her, said her friend.
Residents of the colony said while earlier they had come out in support of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar,who are now prime suspects in the case,they now just want an early closure.
Sameer Jain,another resident,said,It has been four years since the investigation into the case was launched. The investigating authority has even switched its claim as to who killed her. It is sad because in the past there was a big campaign to get her justice. Now,only the media seems to remember. All we want now is for the trial to begin and for the murderers to be brought to justice. Till then,I will be here every May 15,to remember her.
Meanwhile,the investigating officer of the CBI submitted sealed CDs of forensic evidence to the sessions court in Ghaziabad on Tuesday. The CDs will be shown to the counsel representing the Talwars in the court on Wednesday,the day when arguments will begin on framing of charges in the case.