The Hush Post|10:44 am |one-minute-read|
In a shocker, the couple from Bareilly, who made headlines last week claiming to be under threat from a BJP MLA over their inter-caste marriage, were kidnapped at gunpoint on Monday by armed men from outside the Allahabad High Court. They had gone there to seek protection.
The incident took place at 8.30 am. This was just before the case of BJP MLA Rajesh Misra’s daughter Sakshi Misra and her husband Ajitesh Kumar was to be taken up in the court.
According to eye-witnesses, the young couple was seen waiting outside the court gate number 3, early in the day when a black SUV came and pulled the couple at gunpoint.
The SUV bore the registration number UP80 which belongs to Agra district. Sources said that ‘Chairman’ was embossed on the rear of the vehicle.
Police officials said that the CCTV footage was being scanned and checking of vehicles have already started.
The kidnapping came on the same day when one of their friend’s, who helped them in eloping was arrested in connection with a case in 2018. This friend is also said to be a close aide of the BJP MLA’s father.
The controversy over Sakshi’s marriage to Ajitesh on July 4 at the famous Ram Janki temple here had taken a new turn on July 12, after the priest of the temple denied solemnizing the marriage.
The Allahabad High Court had fixed Monday for hearing a petition filed by the couple, who had gone into hiding, fearing threat to their lives form Misra and his henchmen.
In fact, Harish Kumar, father of Ajitesh Kumar, had said that he had no knowledge of the whereabouts of the couple. He also said that he and his family have also left Bareilly, fearing threat to their lives.
Special Superintendent of Police Bareilly Muniraj said that he did not know the location of the couple but if they informed him about their whereabouts, he would provide security to them.
BJP MLA Rajesh Misra on Thursday said that his daughter was an adult and free to take her own decisions. He denied having threatened her with dire consequences. He said he was concerned about the age difference between the husband and wife and also about the fact that the boy was not employed.