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Man loses wife in gambling

A man in Greater Noida's Dadri region lost his 24-year-old wife to a fellow gambler. Darpan Singh reports.

delhi Updated: Apr 06, 2011 23:21 IST
Darpan Singh

A man in Greater Noida's Dadri region lost his 24-year-old wife to a fellow gambler. Despite being chased by the husband and his friends, the woman, Rajkali, somehow managed to escape. The police, after initial reluctance, have registered a case. The accused are at large.

The police said after having lost his cellphone and R6,000, Kushalpal alias Lala used Rajkali as a stake in gambling and lost that game too.

At that time, the woman, mother of a three-month-old baby, was at her parents' house in village Khatana in Jarcha kotwali and it saved her "from being handed over."

However, villagers said Lala, who hails from Panchguia in Bulandshahr, had lost two of his earlier wives in gambling too.

He is also alleged to have been jailed on charges of murder. "He would beat me up every now and then," said Rajkali, daughter of Sohanlal, who married Lala, a driver and habitual gambler, five years ago.

"Lala brought his wife to his house in Kulesara, but she sensed foul play and escaped before the fellow gamblers could catch hold of her," police said.

"The case is really shocking. Of late, there have been some instances in western UP villages. We have started an inquiry into the case. Action will be taken against all the accused," said an officer over the phone.

The woman narrated the whole incident to her parents. The local police in Surajpur refused to register a case, saying the matter did not come under their jurisdiction.

The police lodged a case when the local media raked up the matter on Wednesday,

"While on the run, I got off a bus near a railway crossing and found the gamblers waiting for me. They would have captured me but a passing train gave me the opportunity to escape," Rajkali told the police.