The case of the missing 'godman' and his 25-year-old cousin took a new turn on Thursday.
Ghaziabad Police found two cars owned by Anup Sahai from Greater Noida and recovered some photographs. The photos show the accused and the victim as bride and groom performing their marriage rituals at a temple.
Sahai (40), who is absconding at present, is wanted in a case of alleged kidnapping of Priyanka Srivastava (25), who went missing from her Raj Nagar house on February 15. Srivastava’s family had lodged a case against him on March 5.
“We have recovered an Indica and Optra cars from Greater Noida and also some ‘marriage’ photographs,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Raghubir Lal said.
Though the Srivastava family confirmed that the people in the photograph were Sahai and their daughter, they suspected its authenticity.
“These photographs were taken when she was depressed and unwell. The pictures are fake,” Sudha Srivastava, the woman’s mother claimed.
Hindustan Times has learnt that the duo got married at the Arya Samaj temple at Yamuna Bazar near Kashmiri Gate ISBT in Delhi on March 3. Ratan Pal and Mahakar Singh were reportedly the two witnesses.
“The girl married with consent and also submitted her written statements about getting married at our temple,” Rukmani Kumari from Arya Samaj Temple in Delhi told HT over the phone.
The SSP said the alleged accused and the woman probably ran away to get married even though Sahai was already married with a child.
“We are trying to find the woman to get her version of the story,” the SSP added.