SHO as witness, army jawan undergoes police station wedding in Bihar

The jawan, Ranjan Kumar, was persuaded to wed a girl in whose company he was found late night on Saturday, at her house in Danapur, about 10 km west of state capital, Patna.

india Updated: Jun 25, 2017 19:51 IST
Mukesh Kumar Mishra
Mukesh Kumar Mishra
Hindustan Times, Patna
Army jawan Ranjan,Police station wedding,Danapur SHO
Ranjan and Gudia after their wedding at the Danapur police station in Bihar’s Patna district, on Sunday.(Santosh/HT photo)

An army jawan’s temerity to ‘cross the line’ with a girl he had been seeing for about a year ended in a police station wedding.

Ranjan Kumar, of 21 Bihar regiment, had a midnight rendezvous with Gudia, his alleged girlfriend for the past one year, which turned into some kind of a nightmare when the girl’s family members found them together at her house on Biscuit factory Road under Danapur police station of Patna district, late night on Saturday.

How the events unfolded after this happened is, at best, a blur to the parties concerned.

Sources said soon after the two were found together, the girl’s family persuaded them to go throught ‘wedding rituals’ and pronounced them man and wife. But early in the morning, Ranjan refused to leave the house with his ‘bride’, causing a bit of acrimony.

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Later, the girl’s grandfather Sagar Rai took Ranjan to the Danapur police station and even threatened to lodge a police case against him unless the matter was settled amicably. Soo, members of Ranjan’s family were also summoned to the police station and negotiations ensued.

After a while, Ranjan’s maternal uncle, Krishna Rai, reached the police station and the looming threat that Ranjan would end up in jail if the girl’s family were to file an FIR, appeared to do the trick. The two sides finally agreed to have the wedding ceremony at the police station.

Wedding dresses were arranged in a jiffy for Ranjan and Gudia, local women assembled to sing wedding songs and garlands were exchanged .Then,Ranjan put vermilion on head of the girl in presence of Danapur SHO Ranjit Kumar Sinha and local residents, as witnesses.

The ending, by all accounts, was happy as both the families distributed sweets among the people and gave their best wishes to the newly married couple.

The SHO told HT that the marriage was solemnized with the consent of both, the boy and the girl. “Both are adults. We wished them a long and happy married life,” he added.

This is not the first time when the threat of an FIR against him by the bride’s side finally convinced a reluctant groom to go ahead with a wedding he had all but called off.

Earlier this month, the intervention of Dinanath Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Agiaon Bazar police station In Bhojpur district of south central Bihar persuaded a reluctant groom Anil Kumar of Sanya (Piro) to go ahead with a wedding he had all but called off after his friends were stopped from misbehaving by the bride’s side.

“When nothing else worked, I warned the groom that the bride’s side was all set to register an FIR against him and he ought to be prepared for a stint in jail. It was then that the groom agreed to have the wedding ritual’s at the bride’s place”, the SHO had told HT after the incident.

First Published: Jun 25, 2017 19:51 IST