She chose her lover over her own father, so much so that 22-year-old Aditi Jain, an interior designer, staged a dramatic robbery at her east Delhi house to get her hands on her family jewels and live happily ever after.
On Tuesday, Aditi Jain had claimed that three men held her hostage at knifepoint before they decamped with gold jewellery meant for an upcoming marriage in the family and valuables worth several lakhs from her residence in Surajmal Vihar.
Prabhakar, deputy commissioner of police (east), said she had staged the entire episode with her childhood 'friend' Ankit with whom she had decided to elope. Both of them have been arrested.
"Preliminary investigation revealed that Ankit had used the rear side of the house to surreptitiously meet Aditi on several occasions and had been missing since the incident was reported," DCP Prabhakar said.
According to police, this was the third time that Aditi had helped Ankit, whom her parents did not approve of, rob her own house in a bid to rebel against the apparent stinginess of her parents.
Her father Naveen Jain owns and operates a wedding card-printing business in north Delhi's Chawri Bazar. His son and Aditi's elder brother Vivek is due to get married on February 7.
A senior police officer said, "Several teams were formed to investigate the scene of crime and a preliminary screening of the footage of the CCTV cameras installed in the house indicated that the alleged robbers had not entered the house from the front entrance."
Further examination, police said, also indicated that it was not possible to enter the house from the rear entry gate by cutting open the lock and handle from outside.
According to police, Ankit's interrogation revealed that the entire heist was masterminded by Aditi and that the electric cutter and the bag for ferrying the stolen cash and valuables had been purchased before-hand by Ankit from Jaipur and Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi.
"Ankit was afforded entry inside the house by Aditi, who had opened the rear door and kept a close watch on the CCTV system to ensure that the operation went on smoothly, while Ankit was busy emptying the almirahs of cash and valuables," said the officer.
Ankit, who runs a small confectionary business, was traced to a guest house in Jaipur. He broke down during questioning.