If there were ever a veil of secrecy, this newly-wed woman wore it to perfection.
A Lucknow-based man’s honeymoon ended in bizarre fashion when his wife ran away – eloped with her lover, according to police -- but not before triggering high drama at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
On her way back home to Uttar Pradesh after honeymooning in the Himalayan foothills of Bagdogra, the woman slipped into the washroom at the Indira Gandhi International airport on Monday evening. She never returned.
Her worried husband raised an alarm after waiting for about half-an-hour – his wife was “missing”.
A Delhi police official said when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which man the airport, scanned CCTV footage along with the distraught husband they saw the woman entering the washroom in a blue sari.
Among those who emerged from the wash room was a burqa-clad woman, who the husband said was his wife as her height and gait matched. Footage from other CCTV, including those placed outside the domestic terminal, were also scanned.
The official said the burqa-clad woman was seen leaving the terminal and meeting an unidentified man near the VIP parking. Both of them then proceeded towards the taxi lane where they were joined by another person. The three soon disappeared in the rush of people and vehicles.
The passenger told CISF officials that the woman left her handbag and mobile phone with her husband who waited outside the washroom for more than 30 minutes.
Police suspect there could have been an accomplice waiting for her inside the washroom to give her the burqa. “She may have also deliberately left her mobile phone so that she could not be tracked,” the official added.
The husband left soon but did not lodge a complaint.
Sources said that since the woman appeared to have left on her own, it is assumed that she has eloped with her lover. “That is just an assumption. But since there is no case, it is a closed matter for us,” a source added.
Police sources said the CISF was initially suspecting kidnapping which would mean a security breach in one of the busiest airports in the country.