It was a young love affair inevitably fated to have a tragic end, both for a middle-aged couple and a friendship that had endured several years.
"My brother, who had grown-up with Dinesh, fell in love with his sister sometime during the beginning of last year. He was doing his BBA and had just been offered a job as a trainee manager at a private firm in Jammu," said Prabhat (17), Durgesh Tiwari's younger brother.
Friends since childhood and consequently known to each other's families, the Tiwaris were happy when Durgesh told them he had chosen Dinesh's younger sister, whose name the police refused to reveal, to be his wife. But Dinesh wasn't too happy. He had, according to his neighbours and Tiwari's youngest sibling, eleven-year-old Sargam, made a huge ruckus in the street and dared both families with dire consequences if Durgesh and his sister's match went ahead. This had left the couple, deeply in love by the beginning of December last, with no other alternative than running away from it all.
"On December 5, last year, Durgesh and Dinesh's sister eloped to Jammu and got married in accordance with Hindu rituals in a temple without informing our parents. He had to leave his MBA in the middle and joined a private company as a trainee manager because he had a BBA degree," said Prabhat.
However, only a month after they had eloped, a Delhi Police team located the young couple and brought them back to the capital where Durgesh, accused of having kidnapped their daughter, had to spend a fortnight in judicial custody because his wife's family had gotten a case of kidnapping, allegedly on the basis of a forged birth certificate, registered against him.
"The police lodged her at Nari Niketan from where her parents took her custody and moved to Gautambudh Nagar, leaving only Dinesh to take care of their old home opposite ours," said Prabhat.
Tiwari had reached the Capital to be produced at the sixth hearing in the said kidnapping case at the Karkardooma Court shortly before his parents were killed.