Mumbai: Couple commits suicide after parents say no to marriage

Apr 05, 2016, 08:18 IST | A Correspondent

While the girl hung herself the same day her beau’s parents refused to marry them, the boy was run over by a train

A couple from Sion Koliwada area is suspected to have committed suicide after the boy’s parents refused to marry them. Sources said the girl could not handle the rejection and hung herself on Sunday morning while later in the evening the boy jumped in front of a train in Vasai after coming to know of his girlfriend’s death.

Venkatesh and Prema
Venkatesh and Prema

According to the police, Prema Punnuswami Devendra (21) and Venkatesh Perumal Devendra (25) used to reside in the same building in Sion Koliwada. The locals said they had been going out for two years but Venkatesh’s mother and stepsister didn’t approve of them and said no to their marriage on Sunday.

Also, locals said on Sunday morning Venkatesh’s stepsister had a heated argument with Prema over their marriage when she allegedly abused and manhandled the deceased.

“On Sunday afternoon Prema locked herself inside the house and hung self using a saree. Her brother spotted her first and rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was declared dead,” said Vasant Patil, senior inspector of Antop Hill police station. Patil further added that in the absence of a suicide note, the reason behind this incident could only be ascertained once they have recorded statements of her family and friends.

When the news of Prema’s suicide spread like wild fire in the locality, Venkatesh’s sister asked him to run away and go to Delhi. At 7.30pm, Venkatesh’s family got a call from Vasai GRP to to tell them that he had been run over by a Virar bound local train near Vasai railway station at 6.50pm. However, the police are clueless what Venkatesh was doing at Vasai when he had a railway pass from Andheri to Kurla railway stations.

The locals also said Venkatesh’s phone call record showed that he had received a call from Prema before she committed suicide to inform him about her decision. After this, Venkatesh decided to end his life, local sources added.

“A photo-entry pass of Air India, where he used to work as contract helper, was found from the deceased person’s clothes. Using the information on the pass we informed his family in Sion Koliwada about the accident,” said Mahesh Bagwe, senior inspector of Vasai GRP.

Bagwe added that statement of the local train’s motorman can only confirm if Venkatesh had jumped in front of the train or died while crossing the tracks.

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