Lovebirds fly to freedom despite blaze

Friday, 31 January 2014 - 10:14am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Man says they fled accident site as girl’s influential parents could have harmed them

Love, they say, triumphs all odds. A young couple, who had eloped and taken the ill-fated luxury bus which killed eight near Manor on Wednesday, will second that saying. The couple has survived the tragedy and will soon tie the knot.

dna reported on January 30 about a ‘mystery couple’ who had scurried out of the bus soon after the accident and had disappeared. This reporter tracked down the couple on phone. They spoke willingly, their only rider was “don’t mention our names in the paper”. The 25-year-old woman is from Panvel while her beau, a year older, is a Delhiite. The two met when they were studying at Delhi University. From different religions, they were on their way to Ahmedabad where they planned to fly to Delhi.

“A month ago, I told my parents about my boyfriend but they opposed it,” said the girl. They had planned to elope a day before the accident but the girl was unable to slip out of her home.

“The next day, I bundled up a few clothes and we met in Vashi. We paid the bus cleaner Rs500 each and got onto the bus,” she said. Their smooth ride on the path of love was interrupted past midnight by the accident.

The young man told dna that they have now informed their families about the late-night adventure. “My parents were livid. Hers too...” he said, still optimistic that the families would all come around. Asked why they had fled the accident spot, the young man said that the girl’s parents are “very influential and could have harmed us”.

The phone interview had to be stopped as they had to  board the flight to Delhi. “This time round, hope all goes well,” he said.

Tanker driver held
Shafique Ahmed Sahay, 22, driver of the diesel tanker was arrested on Thursday. Relatives of missing passengers will submit samples for forensic tests. “We’ve asked the tour operator to submit the list of bona-fide passengers,” said Meghana Burande, assistant police inspector, Manor police station.

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