Rajasthan: Man steals to pay panchayat fine and live with lover, she elopes with another
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Rajasthan: Man steals to pay panchayat fine and live with lover, she elopes with another

A year ago, he fell in love with a woman who eloped with him and came to live at his place. But her family demanded Rs 40,000 as fine.

jaipur Updated: Jan 23, 2018 22:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Udaipur
Rajasthan news,Premchand,Udaipur
The jilted lover narrated his story to the police during interrogation. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The Shakespearean elements of romance, tragedy and comedy all found their way into the life of 22-year-old Ramesh from Udaipur.

A year ago, he fell in love with a woman who eloped with him and came to live at his place. Upset with the development, the woman’s family called a panchayat (village council) and a fine of Rs 40,000 was imposed on Ramesh.

The amount was to be paid to assuage the anger of the woman’s family, so that Ramesh would be with her again. Keen on the reunion, he resorted to stealing motorbikes. By the time he saved money to pay the fine, the woman had eloped with somebody else.

The tragedy for the jilted lover did not end. Late on Friday evening last week, Ramesh, along with two accomplices, was caught by the police at a check post. He narrated his story to the police during interrogation.

“He told us that he started stealing so that he could pay the fine imposed on him. One of his associates, Thawar, is a notorious thief,” said Sanjeev Swami, SHO of Hiranmagri police station in Udaipur.

The police said that while they have recovered 12 motorcycles from the trio, the accused have confessed to stealing some 50 motorcycles in the past few months. A master key would be used to unlock the motorcycles that would then be taken away via unconstructed roads.

While Ramesh and Thawar would steal the bikes, the third accused, Premchand, a mechanic, would disintegrate the vehicle and sell the parts separately. The three were presented in the local court and are now in police custody.

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 22:23 IST