Lifer on Parole Marries Counsel in Vyasarpadi
By Express News Service | Published: 03rd February 2014 07:21 AM |
It was unusual event on an otherwise quiet Sunday morning at Bakthavatchalam Colony, Vyasarpadi, with residents and devotees gathering outside a tightly guarded temple in the street where life convict Somasundaram alias Somu (38) and advocate Aruna (27) tied the knot.
The wedding in Hindu tradition took place in the presence of close relatives while most of the devotees and media were kept out of bounds at the Peelikan Muniswarar-Angalaparameswari Kaliamman Koil.
Curious onlookers gathered in front of the temple, which had two entrances, after armed police personnel stood guard outside during the wedding ritual.
Police sources said kin of the bride and the groom, including Somasundaram’s three brothers and four sisters, were at the wedding, while none of his former associates were present. They claimed the event was kept confidential due to security reasons.
After the ceremony that took place between 7.30 am and 8.30 am, the bride and the groom reached a car under the cover of a large umbrella to avoid being photographed and sped away in the vehicle with its windows reportedly covered with cloth screens.
Both the couple and their family members refused to speak. Aruna could also not be reached over phone. Meanwhile, news spread about the life convict’s big day at the temple after the media gathered. “I read about his wedding in the paper. We didn’t know it would be here,” said Vijay, a surprised resident.
“It never used to be this busy on Sunday mornings. We heard a wedding is taking place. But don’t know much about it,” said Balu, a resident of Vyasarpadi.
Somasundaram, who was one of the accused in the murder of former AIADMK MLA M K Balan in 2001 and has served about 12 years in prison, was released from Puzhal jail on Saturday at 4 pm after the Madras High Court granted him 10 days parole for the wedding, following a petition from Aruna, a distant relative of Somasundaram.