The deceased Gopal, 21-year-old and Mangamma, 18-year-old were in love for the past two years. They both hailed from Bollanagadda village in Bommanahal mandal of Anantapur district. When both the families learnt about the couple's relationship some time ago, Linganna (girl's father) confined his daughter to the house and warned her of dire consequences if she did not stop seeing Gopal.
When the couple learnt that their families would never approve their marriage, they planned to elope and took shelter in a relative's house in Chayapuram village in Vajrakorur mandal. But, unfortunately, an auto-driver saw them and informed Linganna about it.
Linganna who rushed to Chayapuram with his relatives - Govindu, Vannuru Swamy, Nagaraju, Parameshwarappa and Venkatesh convinced Gopal and Mangamma to come out and took them out on Tuesday evening with a promise to perform their marriage. The unsuspecting couple followed them.
Later, he showed his real colours and tortured the couple, hit them with boulders. In order to mislead the police, he dumped the bodies near railway tracks to show it as a suicide.
Some farmers found the bodies late on Wednesday evening and informed the railway police of Gutti mandal. Police recovered the bodies on Thursday morning and shifted them to hospital for an autopsy. A case has been registered based on a complaint by Gopal's father.