Alok Singh and Rachna Singh, both between 25 and 30 years of age, were married to each other at a court on August 31 this year. Their families reportedly forced them to file for divorce on September 14. Nine days later, police found the bullet-ridden bodies of the two at Ram Manohar Lohia Park in Sahibabad, Ghaziabad.
Police found the two bodies on Wednesday morning.
Prima facie police officials suspected it to be a case of suicide. Their families did not approve of their marriage as they belonged to different castes.
Rachna was a resident of Sahibabad and a teacher at a Junior High School in Bulandshahr. Alok Singh was reportedly pursuing his Masters degree from Meerut University.
According to the primary investigations by the police, the girl’s family wanted to get her married to someone else.
After the bodies were found, the two families accused each other for the deaths.
Alok’s father Vikram Singh told Hindustan Times that his son had left home to fill his examination form. “They knew each other for one year and got married. The girl’s father forced the two to file divorce affidavits in court. My son has been murdered,” he said.
The woman’s father Dungar Singh, a retired CPWD personnel, said both his daughter and the family were looking forward to a marriage proposal. The groom’s family was to visit their house next week.
“Today, I had gone out with my wife for a medical check-up and my daughter was alone at home. Police informed me about the incident. She has been killed by the boy's relatives,” said Singh.
Police have sent the bodies for post mortem. “A .315 country-made pistol and a live cartridge were found near the spot. The couple were carrying park ticket of Tuesday and had a forced their entry inside the park at 9 am even though the on-duty guard had objected,” said SP (City) Rahul Yadvendu.
“We have registered a case. Prima facie it appears a case of suicide as the families did not approve of their marriage. But, exact details would come up only after investigations are completed,” said the SP.