GHAZIABAD: Dentist Dr Rajesh Talwar, father of slain teenager Aarushi, was Tuesday attacked and injured outside a court here by the same man who had stabbed former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, a convict in the Ruchika molestation case.
Fifty four-year-old Dr Talwar, was rushed to a hospital by his lawyers after he was left profusely bleeding in the attack by Utsav Sharma, a graduate of National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), and doctors later described his condition as stable.
Sharma, 30, a resident of Varanasi who had come here from Delhi, took Dr Talwar by surprise as he came out of the court after filing a petition challenging the Central Bureau of Investigation’s closure report in the Aarushi-Hemraj twin murder case.
Sharma, who was nabbed after the incident, slashed Dr Talwar’s face and hands with a cleaver, leaving him bleeding, Senior Superintendent of Police (Ghaziabad), Mr Raghuvir Lal, said. He has been arrested under Section 307 IPC (attempt to murder).
Dr Talwar, who was initially rushed to nearby Sarvodaya Hospital by his lawyers, was later shifted to Delhi’s Apollo Hospital where he underwent surgery. “His condition is stable. He has undergone a surgery in the right temporal region of the face and in the hands as they had deep cuts. Two arteries in the forehead were cut badly and that is why he bled too much. He has undergone a plastic surgery of the face,” a senior doctor said. “He (Sharma) is the same person who had attacked Rathore outside a Panchkula court in February last year,” Mr Lal said.
Rathore was stabbed by Sharma, who was then a student in NID, with a pen knife, injuring him in the cheek as he came out of the court. In a similar modus operandi, police said, Sharma attacked Dr Talwar with a cleaver as he came out of the court and was walking towards the lawyers’ chambers. Mr Lal said Sharma who was sipping tea at a kiosk suddenly took out a cleaver, used for chopping meat, from his bag and slashed the right side of Dr Talwar’s face. He attacked him again slashing his palms, he said.
The lawyer accompanying Dr Talwar and his family members pounced on Sharma amidst commotion and shouting by nearby shopkeepers and bystanders. Sharma was slapped and punched by some lawyers present nearby before he was whisked away into a lockup in the court premises.
Following the incident, special CBI court judge Ms Preeti Singh adjourned the proceedings in the case till February 8. Sharma said during his interrogation that he was upset over the slow progress in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case and his intention was only to injure Dr Talwar, police sources said. Giving details of the attacker, Mr Lal said, “Sharma had done a PG in animation in film designing from NID and had gone to Delhi to take part in the International India Art Summit in Pragati Maidan.” He had bought a cleaver from Chandni Chowk in Delhi for Rs 250 and was monitoring the case through the TV and newspapers, Mr Lal said.