A runaway couple was allegedly dragged out of their one-room house in Burail and thrashed in full public view here on Sunday.
Following the alleged assault on Rashid Khan, 28, and his wife Sitara, 20, the police have booked five Uttar Pradesh residents, all of whom are the relatives of Sitara. While three of the accused have been arrested, two are at large.
Rashid and Sitara, who hail from Alamgirpur village in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, got married against the wishes of their parents and came to Chandigarh a week ago. On Monday, the relatives of the couple came to Burail to persuade them to part ways and return home.
Talks between the two sides continued throughout the day and, following a disagreement, a heated argument took place. Soon after, the verbal spat ensued in a scuffle and Sitara's brother started thrashing Rashid. It has been alleged that Rashid was dragged out of the house by the father and brothers of Sitara, who was also not spared by them. Rashid's father Mohabbat Ali, who tried to intervene, was also beaten up by the girl's relatives.
Following a complaint by Sitara, Sector 34 police have registered a case under sections 147(rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) of the Indian Penal Code. The police have arrested Sitara's father Ashmat Ali, 40, and her relatives Sekawat Ali, 56, and Sadakat Ali. Her brothers, Kala and Iqbal, are at large.
The SHO said that the couple belonged to the same village and had studied together. "We are yet to record the statement of the couple since they are not in a condition to give a statement. We have not even got hold of any certificate or paper to prove that the couple is married," he said.
Sitara has also alleged that her five family members had thrashed, threatened and also made attempts to kill her in Burail on Sunday. Officials of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here said that all the three patients were brought to the hospital by the police on Sunday night. Their condition is stable.
Rashid Ali and Mohabbat Ali, however, have left the hospital against permission from doctors, police said. Sitara is still in the hospital.