In what seems to be a case of dishonour killing, a woman and her husband to-be, both from the Jat community but from different villages in Haryana's Rohtak district, were allegedly shot dead by her uncle who disapproved of their relationship.
Pooja, 27, and Rohit, 25, were killed in the firing, the police said. Rohit's brother Mohit, who was also injured, is undergoing treatment at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) and is said to be stable.
They were attacked in a busy marketplace near Delhi bypass road on Wednesday, when they were on their way to court to solemnize the marriage, the police said.
According to the Rohit's mother, Puja's uncle - Kuldeep - had earlier disapproved of the love marriage, but later agreed to give his blessings to the young couple.
"He (Kuldeep) used it as a pretext to meet us before going to the court. He escaped after firing at the vehicle in which my family, including Puja, was travelling," she said.
"Pooja was an orphan and raised by her uncle Kuldeep, a property dealer. She was staying in Rohtak since the last few months and had developed a relationship with Rohit. According to the complaint, Kuldeep had called Rohit's relatives to the court for their marriage. Later, he asked the groom's relatives to come near Maharshi Dayanand University as they wanted to discuss something before the marriage. When Rohit and his family reached near (the) MDU, Kuldeep opened fire at Rohit's car," read a press statement by the Rohtak police.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sajan Singh said the woman's uncle Kuldeep Singh, his son Kapil Kumar and three other persons have been arrested on the complaint of Rohit's father. A case has been filed against them under sections 302 (murder), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC and section 25 of the Arms Act.
The police have recovered two empty bullet shells from the spot and a forensic team has collected evidence.