Police have arrested the girl’s brother Shailendra Jaiswal, her brother-in-law Pallu Jaiswal, and a close family friend Amarnath Kumar, while her parents Rampal (48) and Ramapati (42) are on the run. Charges of rioting, murder, and assault have been registered against the five people based on an FIR filed by the deceased couple’s daughter Yasmeen.
The background to this horrific crime traces back to a rivalry between the two families that ignited when Shaukat, the 28-year-old son of Mohammed Abbas and 53-year-old Kamrul Nissa, eloped with the girl from a different community within the same locality in 2020.
A complicated legal entanglement ensued as the girl was not 18 – the legal minimum age at which a woman can marry in India. Shaukat faced accusations of kidnapping, rape, and violations of the Pocso Act. After spending 13 months in jail, he was released on bail in April.
However, the situation escalated as the couple eloped again, prompting the girl’s parents to file a case. In a pivotal development, the girl testified in court that she had willingly chosen to leave with her partner. Consequently, Shaukat was acquitted.
Tensions reached a breaking point when the girl’s parents arranged her marriage to someone else on May 26. In a third elopement, the girl fled with Shaukat once more on August 14 and that ultimately led to the tragic events.
The girl’s family allegedly visited Shaukat’s parents in their residence late Friday night and perpetrated the fatal attack. Police received information about the gruesome crime the following day and discovered the bodies of Abbas and Nissa, said Hargaon SHO BP Singh. Subsequently, Yasmeen filed a police complaint, naming the five suspects.
Authorities have extended protection to the interfaith couple following the murder and relocated them to an undisclosed place.
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