Three days after marriage, newly wed couple murdered in TN

Chennai, Nov 3 (UNI) In a shocking incident, a newly married couple, who entered into a wedlock much against the wishes of girl’s parents, were murdered by a six-member gang within three days after tying the knot in the southern Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu on Thursday evening.

Police said, the couple, identified as V Mariselvam (24) and M Karthiga (20), belonged to the same community.

The duo, who were in love, eloped and got married three days ago at a sub-registrar’s office after seeking police protection.

The couple married braving strong opposition from the girl’s family.

Police said the girl eloped with Mari Selvam to Kovilpatti on October 30 and went to the Kovilpatti East police station seeking protection. Later, they married at the sub-registrar’s office the same day and stayed at Kovilpatti till Wednesday.

When the couple came to Mari Selvam’s house at Murugesan Nagar in Thoothukudi yesterday, his parents accepted their marriage. When his parents had gone for work, a six-member gang, who came in three motorbikes, barged in to his house last evening and hacked the couple to death and fled the scene.

Senior Police officials rushed to the spot and shifted the bodies to the Thoothukudi Government Medical College hospital for post mortem.

Police suspect that the girl’s family might have been involved in the gruesome murder.

The incident has sent shock waves in the locality. Tension prevailed in the area and security has been beefed up to prevent any backlash following the murder.

District Superintendent of Police L.Balaji Saravanan visited the spot and said three special teams were formed to nab the culprits.

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