"they might have jumped into the water with the intention of drowning"
A police case is underway after the bodies of an Indian couple were recovered from a river on Monday, July 13, 2020.
The incident happened in the district of Bharuch, Gujarat. They had jumped into the Narmada River.
It was revealed that their hands were to each other’s with a dupatta. This has prompted beliefs that it was a case of suicide and that they had decided to jump in the river.
The matter came to light after locals noticed two bodies floating in the river.
They informed the police and an investigation was underway.
While it is initially suspected that it was a case of suicide, police are not ruling out the possibility of foul play as no suicide note has been found.
District superintendent of police Rajendra Chudasma explained that once the bodies were recovered by police, the bodies were sent to Bharuch Civil Hospital for a post-mortem.
He said: “The bodies have been found with their hands tied so we are not ruling out the fact that they might have jumped into the water with the intention of drowning together.
“The investigation will commence once we get the autopsy report.”
Currently, the police have registered a case of accidental death. However, they are not ruling out other reasons for the Indian couple’s death.
Police identified the woman as a resident of Zadeshwar in Bharuch and originally from Jhagadia. The young man is a resident of Navsari.
In a similar case, a couple from Rajasthan made a video together before jumping into a canal. They had tied a dupatta to their waists and jumped in.
The deceased were identified as 25-year-old Vishal Kanuji Thakare and Poonam Thakor, aged 18.
Police officers questioned some locals who said that the two were lovers. They claimed that it was likely that they took their own lives due to there being numerous obstacles in their marriage.
The bodies of the two deceased have been sent for a post-mortem.
Following Poonam’s death, her mother, four sisters and brother turned up at the hospital in tears.
An investigation revealed that Vishal and Poonam loved each other very much and wanted to get married.
However, their parents did not want them to get married yet as they felt the Indian lovers were not ready. The couple was desperate to get married and could not live without each other so they decided to commit suicide.
When police arrived at the site, they found some slippers and a mobile phone near the bank of the canal. Both were taken.
When looking through the phone for potential clues, police found a 19-second video that had been filmed by Vishal prior to his death.
In the video, he is seen with Poonam and he explains that since they cannot get married, they will die together.