A marriage is usually a reality check for most people. However, a resident of Barwala Road, Dera Bassi, was in for the shock of his life when his wife of five days allegedly laced his Nimbu Pani with sedatives and decamped with cash and jewellery in his house in the wee hours of Tuesday.
The couple — Deepak Kumar and Ranjita, 25 — tied the knot, in an arranged marriage, on April 19. Ranjita is a resident of Birghagger village of Panchkula. Her family has feigned ignorance of her whereabouts and accused Deepak, who stayed with his mother and sister, of harassing their daughter for dowry, forcing her to flee. The couple, incidentally, were scheduled to leave for Mussorie for their honeymoon on Wednesday.
Man woke to find house ransacked
In his complaint to the police, Deepak, employed as assistant manager with a private firm in Sector 11, has alleged that on Monday night, Ranjita, served her lemon water that was drugged.
“My mother and sister slept on the first floor and she wanted to take advantage of it. I fell unconscious after taking the drink she offered me. In the morning, my sister and mother woke up after seeing the ransacked house and Ranjita missing,” he has told the police, adding that since then his wife’s phone was switched off. Deepak claimed that 100 gm jewellery, a suitcase and Rs 1 lakh was missing.
“She did not bring any jewellery from her house. Now, I think she was having an affair,” he claimed.
Woman’s family claims dowry harassment
Father of Ranjita, Naresh, alleged that Deepak’s family was, in fact, responsible for their missing daughter. “Deepak has either killed her or sent her somewhere,” they alleged before police. However, inquiry officer Kewal Singh termed the allegations of Ranjita’s father as baseless.
Finally, the police have started investigation after registering a case under Sections 379 (theft), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison etc) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code against Ranjita.