Haryana: Bodies of couple found hanging from tree

The bodies of a young couple, who got married against the wishes of their parents four months ago, were found hanging from a tree on Monday at Ahmedwas Khera village in Bhiwani district's Loharu. Though the Haryana Police is considering it to be a case of suicide, it is yet to rule out the possibility of foul play.

Residents of the same village, while Tejpal (24) belonged to the Swarn Samaj, his wife Sushila (20) was a Dalit. They went missing on August 10 after their parents objected to their marriage. They got married at an Arya Samaj temple in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, and got their marriage registered on August 14. Following this, they started living at Pilani in Rajasthan.

According to the police, Tejpal and Sushila had come to Ahmedwas on Sunday. Sushila's parents informed the police and raised apprehension about a clash between them and Tejpal's family. Following this, the police provided protection to the couple and brought them to the police station. However, the couple gave in writing that they did not want police protection and were returning to Pilani. The couple left the police station on Sunday evening.

On Monday morning, the police came to know that the bodies of the couple were found hanging from a tree near the cremation ground in Ahmedwas. "So far, it does not appear as a case of murder but the possibility cannot be ruled out. Prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide and since the boy's family had not raised any suspicion so far, we are not considering it as a case of murder or honour killing," Deputy Superintendent of Police Suresh Kumar said.

The police said Sushila had completed her higher secondary education and wanted to join the Haryana Police, for which she was taking coaching classes in Rajasthan. For the last few days, both Tejpal and Sushila were frequently visiting her school in Loharu for getting her 10+2 certificate.

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