In a shocking incident, a 17-year-old boy allegedly jumped into the funeral pyre of his girlfriend who had committed suicide after her parents refused to accept their relationship.
The incident took place in the Rori village of Sirsa district on Monday. While the girl, Veer Pal Kaur, was a student of Class IX, her boyfriend, Bittu Singh, a native of Malsinghwala village of Punjab, studied in Class XI. The two had been studying in the same school and had been going around for the past couple of years.
On November 26, Veer Pal immolated herself by pouring kerosene on her body after her family scolded her for her relationship with Bittu.
She was rushed to Sirsas civil hospital where she succumbed to burns on Monday evening. Sources informed that Bittu lived with his maternal grandparents.
As he came to know about the incident, he got upset and rushed to the cremation ground where Veers family had performed the rites. Investigations revealed that Bittu had gone missing from the house since Monday evening. His cycle was found from near the cremation ground. In fact, he had gone to the cremation ground after everybody had left the place around 3pm.
He might have jumped at that time, hence nobody came to know about his death until the family found two sets of mortal remains in the ashes of the pyre, sub-inspector Bachan Singh, the investigating officer from Roris police, station said.
The boys family members found his cycle and mobile phone from near the cremation ground, added the police official. Meanwhile, Sirsa SP Satinder Kumar Gupta denied any kind of foul play like honour killing into the incident. Prima facie, it appears to be a case of suicide. We have sent the bodies for post-mortem, Gupta added.