The body of a man and his 16-year-old lover, who had been missing from their homes in west Delhi since last week, were washed ashore at a riverbank in southeast Delhi on Saturday evening, police said.
The victims, police said, were residents of west Delhi's Inderpuri. They had left behind suicide notes stating that they had decided to end their lives due to the opposition to their relationship by their families.
"We were informed that two highly decomposed bodies had surfaced at the Yamuna riverbank located in southeast Delhi's Sunlight Colony last evening. These were later identified as those of the missing couple," RK Pandey, additional DCP (southwest) said.
"According to our records, the girl had gone missing on April 28 and a missing report had been registered in this regard at the Inderpuri police station. Later, her companion, a 23-year-old man also went missing on the same day," Pandey said.
The police said the couple remained true to the declaration they made in their respective suicide notes - of tying their wrists together and jumping into the Yamuna several kilometres away from their homes - reportedly on last Sunday afternoon. According to investigators, the bodies were decomposed beyond recognition after almost a week.