In a shocking case reported from Surat, Gujarat, police booked three persons including an 18-year-old girl on Friday for allegedly poisoning her family to elope and marry her boyfriend.
The girl was waiting to turn into a major to marry her lover.
Khushbu (18) was in a relationship with her now husband Sachin (22). Two days after her 18th birthday, the young girl poisoned her parents and brother only to elope and get married to her boyfriend.
However, this is not the first time Khushbu had run away from her home. Even in an earlier instance, the girl who quit studies after class X, had eloped with Sachin around two years ago. After the duo was found at the home of Sachin’s relative, Khushbu was brought back home as she was still a minor. Her parents were against their relationship.
Investigation revealed that the two families lived in the same society in Dindoli where the two accused developed friendship. Dipak Vanzara, father of the girl, had lost his job during lockdown as an contractual employee in an industrial unit in Hazira. Meanwhile, they had shifted to another area and they also sold off their house to repay debt but the families stayed in touch.
Girl Poison’s Family
According to a statement given by an officer at the Dindoli police station,
Two days after Khushbu’s 18th birthday, she planned to elope with her lover and the duo plotted to make her parents unconscious and escape from home on September 12. She bought some tablets from a medical store and mixed it with dough to feed her family aloo paratha.
Adding further he said,
In the evening, she fed the entire family food with the medicine-laced dough but refused to eat herself. When her parents asked, she claimed she wasn’t feeling hungry. A little later, when the family members started to feel dizzy and were unconscious, Ashok More (Sachin’s father) came to pick Khushbu up on a motorcycle and she eloped with Sachin.
The father of the girl woke up late and uneasy the next morning and found his daughter missing from home. He woke up his wife and son who too were feeling uneasy.
Police Investigation & Action
Based on a complaint by the girl’s father Dipak Vanzara, Dindoli police booked Khushbu, her husband Sachin and his 49-year-old father More for causing hurt by means of poison and conspiracy.
Police arrested Ashok, a property broker, on Saturday while his unemployed son, Sachin, and Khushbu are on the run. Police suspect that the duo of taking shelter at a relative’s place. A police team is in search of the accused couple.
Prior to the complaint, Vanzara received a call from Dindoli police station and was asked to come there. Police informed him that his daughter had come to the police station along with her new husband after getting her marriage registered. Police told media,
She came to inform the police about her marriage and be allowed to go with her husband as she was major now.
After this, Vanzara’s condition deteriorated and he along with other family members had to be admitted to the hospital. After recovery, he approached the police and lodged a formal complaint.
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