A young couple was found dead in a car parked in one of the busiest markets in Chandigarh, police said on Saturday.
The deceased were both in their early 20s. Gaurav was a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) student in a college in Haryana, while Alisha was a student of arts in a local college.
Police said Gaurav had gone to Sukhna Lake in his car to meet some friends Friday morning. However, when he did not return till late evening and did not answer calls on his cellphone, his sister asked neighbours to look for him.
Gaurav and Alisha were found dead in his car Friday night. A bottle of liquor, a packet of cigarette, condoms and some food items were also found in the car.
"We suspect leakage of gas from the AC (air-conditioner) caused their death. There could be a possibility of suicide but we cannot reach any conclusion as we are waiting for the post mortem report. Our investigation is on and we will also talk to friends and relatives of the couple," a police official told IANS.
Aman, a neighbour of Gaurav, said: "We could not find any clue to Gaurav's whereabouts despite searching at various places and inquiring from many of his friends. At around 10.30 pm. I saw Gaurav's car in the market of Sector 19."
"I saw two of them sitting inside the car but when I knocked at the door nobody opened it. Sensing something wrong, I broke the window and found them lying unconscious. With the help of my friends I immediately took them to the hospital and informed the police," he added.
Aman said that AC of the car was on and a very foul smell was coming out of it.
The couple was declared dead by the doctors.
"Gaurav and Alisha loved each other and wanted to marry but their family members were against this," said another neighbour.