The newlywed couple was just about to step into their new life, then only their life turned into a nightmare.
The incident took place on Friday, 27th April when Shahzeb, a resident of Mimlana road in Muzaffarnagar, was on his way back to home with his family and newlywed bride Farhana.
As they got hungry because of the long journey from Ghaziabad to Muzaffarnagar, they stopped at a roadside drive-in for food, which is located at Partapur on National Highway 58.
At about 11’o clock they resumed their journey when four men in a car which had a fake number plate, started chasing them. They overtook their vehicle near Mataur village which is located barely within a kilometer distance from Daurala police station.
As both, the bride and groom belong to relatively poor families, all the jewelry the bride was wearing were artificial. The robbers mistook it as gold. Holding the victims at gunpoint they ordered them to hand over all the expenses, including money and jewelry.
The bride got scared and started screaming. The robbers shot her to the dead, dragged her out of the car and drove away with all the money and jewelry in the new Swift Dzire, that the groom’s family has hired to take the bride and groom to home.
Shahzeb informed his other relatives who were traveling by a different route. They immediately arrived at the place where the incident took place and took Farhana to the Muzaffarnagar medical college. Doctors declared her brought dead.
Police took over the matter, went through the CCTV footage of petrol pumps and Western UP toll roads. Suspected were identified from the CCTV footage of the toll barrier on NH-58. A police team started to investigate the matter and arrest the culprits. “Four criminals were seen traveling in a car. They used a fake number plate…We have formed four teams to investigate and arrest the culprits,” stated Manzil Saini, senior superintendent of police, Meerut to the Hindustan Times.
The incident has put a big question mark on the safety and security of National Highway 58. Though the police claimed that security had been tightened but the horrible incident has shown a different side of the story.