Prayagraj: A young couple who had come to the Allahabad High Court to seek protection after marriage, was kidnapped at gunpoint by armed men from outside the court on Monday, police said.
The incident took place at 8.30.am, hours before the case of Bareilly’s Sakshi Misra and Ajitesh Kumar was to be taken up by the same court. Earlier, there were rumours of Sakshi and Ajitesh being kidnapped.
Eyewitnesses had claimed that Sakshi and Ajitesh were kidnapped at gunpoint by armed men from outside the Allahabad High Court, where they had gone to seek protection, according to news agency IANS.
According to eye-witnesses, the young couple was seen waiting outside the court since early morning when a black SUV came and pulled in the couple at gun point. The SUV bore the registration number UP80 which belongs to Agra district. Sources said that “Chairman” was written on the rear of the vehicle.
Police officials said that the CCTV footage was being scanned and checking of vehicles had begun.
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 solemnising 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 the 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 and 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 the boy not having any proper employment.
The BJP, meanwhile, chose to remain tight-lipped on the raging controversy.