It was straight out of a Bollywood film. A 32-year-old placement agency owner was bashed up by his wife at a place where he was preparing to marry another woman. The incident took place in Central Delhi’s Prasad Nagar on Tuesday night.
The police said the accused, Mukesh Khanna, had been married to Reena from Jharkhand for four years. The couple also has a two-year-old child. Mukesh began avoiding Reena and got engaged to the other woman, a resident of Prasad Nagar, in May last year.
“Mukesh kept his first wife in the dark and was about to marry another woman. His first wife turned up at the wedding venue on Tuesday night and thrashed him with slippers and abused him. Reena was also carrying her wedding photographs when she came to the venue,” said a senior police officer.
Police said that Reena went up to the stage where the rituals were taking place and beat up her husband. As the situation became evident even to the family members of the bride, they too joined Reena and began beating him.
“Had the police not intervened in time the accused and his father would have been lynched. The bride’s parents got extremely violent. It took us hours to control the situation,” added the officer.
Police took Mukesh and his father Manjeet Khanna in custody soon after the incident. “They have been arrested for cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy,” said the officer.
Police said that Mukesh was living with Reena in Shakurpur and had even opened a placement agency in her name. Mukesh’s family was against the marriage as Reena belonged to a scheduled tribe. Reena, who said she was pregnant, added that she came to know about the fraud when she stumbled upon the wedding card of her husband.