During a routine search operation at the residence of a petty thief arrested in the area on Wednesday,the Oshiwara police stumbled upon a young couple who claimed that they had eloped from their native place in Rajasthan fearing honour killing. The police also learnt that the Rajasthan Police had been on the lookout for them after a kidnapping case was registered by the girls family there.
On Thursday,the couple were handed over to the Rajasthan Police,who have promised to provide protection to them and ensure that they are not harmed by community leaders.
According to Oshiwara police,during patrolling on Wednesday,they apprehended a robber Ankit Kumar Singh,who allegedly tried to steal a laptop from a car. The police landed up at his house at Bangur Nagar in Goregaon (West) to recover the stolen property in other cases Singh was allegedly involved in. At his house,the police team came across a couple staying there.
Officers found that Baljit Singh Meena (19) had a kidnapping case registered against him at the Todabhim police station in Rajasthan. He had been booked for kidnapping Pinky Meena (18) outside her college along with three aides. The FIR was registered by Pinkys brother,a lawyer at the Rajasthan High Court. The complaint also stated that Pinkys uncle was an eyewitness to the kidnapping, said SI Vijayanand Patil.
We were in a relationship for two years. But when my family found out,I was beaten up and my brother said he will complain about us to the panchayat,which forbids love marriages. Fearing that we would be victims of honour killing,I took jewellery from my house and forced Baljit to elope to Mumbai, Pinky told Newsline.
On our way to Mumbai last month,we met Singh in the train,who offered his place in Goregaon for us to stay. We gave him Rs 3,000 as rent and started staying at his house. Baljit got a job at a mobile network company. We were,however,not aware that Ankit was a robber, said Pinky.
The Oshiwara police took the couple to the police station and informed the Todabhim police,who arrived in Mumbai on Thursday to take them back.
We are ready to go to jail together but if we are handed over to our community,they will kill us, she said. But SI Devendra Singh from the Todabhim police station assured them that they would be protected by the police.
We will have to present Baljit before the court as there is a kidnapping case registered against him. As the couple is not under-age,Pinky can tell the court that they had eloped and wanted to get married, he said.