A couple was tied to a tree, beaten up with sticks and burnt alive allegedly by their family members after they ignored a khap panchayat's diktat to end their 'illicit' relationship in a village in Alwar district. The completely charred bodies of the couple were found at Thenga Ka Bass village on Thursday morning. The police are trying to trace the family members who are on the run.
The woman's two sons are the prime suspects in the case. According to the police, the deceased, Mamur (50) and Hura (48), had been in a relationship after the woman's husband died a few years ago.
Some villagers informed the police around 5 am on Thursday that the bodies were lying near a tree. The couple had sustained nearly 100% burns, said the police.
"The two, belonging to Mev community, were cousins. Hura had started living with Mamur in the village. The villagers, including the family members of the woman, objected," said SP, Alwar, Mahesh Goyal.
Sources said a caste panchayat was held recently to discuss their relationship. The panchayat, consisting of community leaders from nearby villages, termed the relationship 'illicit' and issued a diktat.
The panchayat asked the couple to live separately and were warned of dire consequences if they disobeyed.
SP Goyal said the police have stumbled upon the facts related to khap panchayat's diktat, but refused to confirm it. "It is matter of investigation. We are recording the statements of villagers to ascertain the truth," said Goyal.
The two were spotted together on Wednesday night. It infuriated the villagers, the SP said.
"Hura's two sons are our prime suspects. Prima facie, it has come up that they along with some other villagers and family members first tied the couple to a tree, beat them up and burnt them alive," said the officer.
"We have identified some other people. Teams have been formed and we hope to arrest them by Friday," the police officer said.