ROHTAK: The bodies of a married youth, Joginder, 25, and an unmarried girl, Ritu (20), found in the fields at Sanwar village in Bhiwani district on Wednesday has raised suspicions of another honour killing in the state.
Joginder was married with two children while Ritu was scheduled to marry another youth on July 19. The police recovered an empty container of celphos tablets; point to suspected poisoning as the cause of death. The post mortem also indicated that they had died because of poisoning.
Joginder’s father, in his statement to the police, alleged that Ritu’s family had poisoned the two to death.
According to reports, the deceased, both residents of Sanwar village, were having an affair for a few years. While Ritu belonged to an upper caste family, Joginder was from a backward class. Ritu’s father runs a shop in the village while Joginder’s family is into farming. Three years ago, Ritu’s family allegedly stabbed Joginder and a complaint was lodged with the police. But, the families on the intervention of village elders had reached a com promise then. Villagers on Wednesday informed the police about the bodies lying in the fields. A police team went to the spot and sent the bodies to the civil hospital at Dadri for post mortem.
The police on Thursday, following a request from Joginder’s family, sent the bodies to the PGI for ascertaining the exact cause of death.
Joginder’s father, Leelu, told HT that his son used to go to the fields daily in the evening. He alleged that Joginder went to the fields on Wednesday evening but did not return on Thursday morning, adding that the police were sounded. At around noon, the family got the information that the bodies of Joginder Ritu were lying in the field. Leelu suspected that the girl’s family had poisoned the two to death and alleged that he was being pressured to withdraw his statement.
The bodies were handed over to the families after post mortem at the PGI on Thursday afternoon. The post mortem showed that they had died due to poisoning and there were no injury marks on the bodies.
Though the police have been investigating, no criminal case has been registered so far.
Police said the statements of the two families had been recorded. While the girl’s family told the police that the girl had left the house on Wednesday morning and suspected that the two consumed celphos tablets which led to their death. Joginder’s family, though, suspected foul play, alleging that the girl’s family had poisoned the two.