A Class 10 student, whose “death” triggered a spiral of violence in Bihar’s Madhubani district and left two people dead, was found in a south Delhi tea stall on Monday with his girlfriend.
The boy and the girl, both minors and classmates at Madhubani’s Indian Public School, eloped on September 7 as they come from different castes.
Their disappearance led to violence in their home district after the boy’s family mistook a headless body as his. Students and locals fought pitched battles with the police on October 11 and 12 and the opposition called a Bihar bandh on Monday.
“Their pictures were being flashed across Bihar-based TV channels,” said a police officer, who refused to be identified.
Mehrauli resident MN Jha, who is from Bihar, recognised them and alerted the police when he saw them at a tea stall, the officer said.
A police team, after verifying their identities, brought them to the Mehrauli police station. After leaving home, they went to Ranchi in neighbouring Jharkhand then to Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) and from there, to Darjeeling in West Bengal, the teen couple told the police. Sunday they boarded the Brahmaputra Mail in Kolkata and arrived at the Old Delhi Railway Station at around 6.15am Monday.
“I have spoken to Mehrauli police officer Jarnail Singh. He has told me that the boy and a girl had been found,” Bihar DGP Abhayanand said.
The development blunted the opposition's attack, especially that of Lalu Prasad-led RJD, on the Nitish government. “All is well that ends well,” chief minister Nitish Kumar said in a statement.