Acquitted Talwars will visit prison, but as docs

The dentist couple had helped revive the near "defunct" dental department at the prison hospital, a jail official said

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Rajesh and Nupur Talwar

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will visit the Dasna Jail near Delhi every fortnight to attend to inmates facing dental problems, prison authorities said on Sunday.

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted the Talwars of killing their teen-aged daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade, four years after the dentist couple was convicted and jailed for life for the 2008 twin murders. The two are likely to be released on Monday.

The dentist couple had helped revive the near "defunct" dental department at the prison hospital, a jail official said.

"We were concerned about the fate of our dental department after their (Talwars) release. They (Talwars) have assured us that they will visit jail to attend to inmates every 15 days even after their release," jail doctor Sunil Tyagi told PTI.

Dr Tyagi said besides prisoners, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have also been treating jail staff, police officials and their children.

"Since Talwars have come here (prison), they have treated thousands of patients who are happy with their services," he said.

To manage rush of dental patients at the jail hospital after Talwars' release, prison authorities have also tied up with a Ghaziabad-based dental college

"The doctors from the dental college will also visit Dasna Jail twice a week to attend to patients so that inmates don't face problems," Dr Tyagi added.

Since their acquittal by the Allahabad High Court, there has been a steady increase in patients wanting to consult the couple.

Sources in the jail said Rajesh Talwar's brother Dinesh Talwar, who is an ophthalmologist, will also visit the prison every 15 days along with his team to see patients.

The Talwars have been lodged in the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad after a Special CBI court in Ghaziabad sentenced them to life imprisonment on November 26, 2013 for murder, destroying evidence and misleading investigators. But the High Court debunked the CBI's investigation and said the "circumstantial evidences" were not adequate for a conviction beyond doubt.

(With PTI inputs)

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