DEHRADUN: In a plot straight out of a Bollywood flick, a couple who had been on the run in Guptkashi area of Rudraprayag district and were staying at Chamoli pretending to be a married couple for a month, allegedly committed suicide fearing the cops. 

Balbir Singh (32) and Anita Singh (19) resided in two villages near Guptkashi and were in a relationship. However, both their families were opposed to their marriage thus prompting the couple to elope. 

Sources however claimed that the main reason behind the objection of the two families was that the two were distant relatives. For quite some time the couple tried to convince their families, however, all their efforts were in vain. 

About a month later, they left their homes and rented a house in Kaliyana area in Gairsan under Chamoli district. They pretended to be a married couple and started staying together. While Anita remained indoors, Balbir worked as a labourer to manage the expenses. 

Kundan Rana, SI, Gairsan told TOI, "On Saturday morning, Balbir went to the main market where he spotted Rudraprayag police searching for him and Anita." The cops were questioning locals and shop owners about the couple. He hid in the market area for some time and later went back home. 

About 2pm, Gairsan police was informed that the couple had committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance inside their rented accommodation. 

The police team rushed them to the Community Health Centre for treatment. "Despite all efforts, both of them died during treatment. Their family members have been informed," said the police official. 

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