Muslim couple shot at for marrying without approval

April 21st, 2008 - 11:28 pm ICT by admin  

Ghaziabad, April 21 (IANS) A young Muslim couple was shot at and seriously injured by villagers here Monday in apparent revenge for their marrying against the approval of orthodox elders. Shahnawaz, a cab operator, and Nazrana, residents of the Kallugarhi locality under Mussoorie police station of Ghaziabad, had fallen in love last year and wished to marry. However, the orthodox village elders refused permission. Defying their diktat, the couple married at a Ghaziabad court last year and left the village and started living in a rented house in the city.

Thinking that the people would have forgiven them, the couple decided to visit their village home again Sunday night. They were spotted by the villagers while leaving the house early Monday and shot at. Nazrana’s brother was among the men who fired.

Nazrana was hit in the right arm and Shahnawaz in the abdomen. The couple, who were on a motorcyle, did not stop and reached the highway. They were chased by more assailants on a Maruti car. They managed to save their lives by leaving their motorcyle and hiding inside a storm water drain.

The injured couple managed to reach the hospital.

Shahnawaz told IANS: “As we started our motorcycle and moved about 50 meters, Harun, the brother of Nazrana along with some young men, opened fire on us. When they failed to stop us, they told their accomplices, who were on a car to chase us on the highway. We saved our lives by leaving the motorcycle along the road and took shelter under a drain. They failed to notice us and moved on. When they had left, we reached the toll tax barrier and the staff there took us to a Raj Nagar-based Palmolive hospital.”

The doctor attending on the couple said that they were recovering.

Circle Officer Pilkhuwa R.K. Gautam said that the Mussoorie police station staff were investigating the case on the basis of the memo sent by the hospital. “The criminals are absconding,” he said.

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