Uttar Pradesh: Muslim youth who married Hindu woman found dead at lodge, kin cry foul play (Two Circles )

The death of a Muslim youth, who had arrived in Prayagraj to seek court protection for his inter-faith marriage, has sparked allegations of foul play from his family.

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PRAYAGARAJ (UTTAR PRADESH) — After the death of a Muslim youth inside a lodge near Allahabad High Court on September 8, his family has alleged foul play and demanded a fair investigation into the case.

As per reports, 22-year-old Arif Ansari was found dead in his bed by his wife Renu Dubey (name changed), who was staying with him. The couple had arrived in Prayagraj from Gorakhpur on September 7 to seek court protection for their inter-faith marriage. They had married at the court on August 30.

Preliminary investigation by the police claimed that Arif was tense and depressed in the days before his death as a first information report under charges of abduction had been filed against him by his wife’s family in Basgoan police station.

Police claimed that Arif committed suicide by injecting some poisonous substances during the night of September 7 and was found dead by his wife in the morning.

However, Arif’s family has alleged foul play in his death and demanded a fair investigation into the case.

Arif’s father Khursheed Ansari said that they came to know about Arif’s affair with a woman of another community only when “Gorakhpur police came to our home on August 31.”

“On September 8, we received a call that my son was found dead at a lodge. Police claim that he committed suicide but that is not the fact. He would have not gone to arrange for a lawyer if he wanted to commit suicide. My son has been killed and now attempts are being made to pass off the murder as a suicide. I demand a fair investigation into the case and justice for my only son,” Ansari said.

Speaking to TwoCircles.net, Arif’s uncle Nisar Ahmad said that Arif was the eldest sibling and was working to support his family.

A native of Parasia Bhagwati village in the Khukhundu area of Deoria district in Uttar Pradesh, Arif worked at a private hospital in Gorakhpur. He was staying in a rented room in Pipri Navsari. Arif and Renu had known each other for over a year and had decided to get married. Renu’s family wasn’t in favour of her getting married to Arif. The duo left Gorakhpur on August 29 and arrived the next day in Prayagraj to get married at court with the help of a lawyer.

Meanwhile, police conducted a raid at Arif’s home after Renu’s mother filed an FIR under charges of abduction at Basgaon police station against Arif and two other women who were Renu’s friends on August 31.

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