Bridegroom shot dead in Bihar moments after garlanding would-be wife

Sudhir Singh exchanged garlands withhis would-be wife Susum Kumari and was stepping out of the altar when an unidentified man came forward and shot him.

Published: 07th May 2017 08:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th May 2017 08:49 PM   |  A+A-

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PATNA: In a shocking incident, a bridegroom in Bihar’s western Bhojpur district was shot dead on the wedding alter just moments after he garlanded his bride-to-be.

Sudhir Singh (22) was rushed to a local hospital by his relatives, but was declared brought dead, according to an FIR lodged by the grieving relatives on Sunday. Sudhir Singh was the only son to his widowed mother.

Singh and his family members had reached Pilapur village with nearly 50 of their kin for his wedding on Saturday night. All was well until the exchange of garlands as Singh and his would-be wife Susum Kumari exchanged garlands.

As Sudhir Singh was stepping out of the altar, an unidentified man came forward and shot him. With a number of bullets hitting Singh on his chest, he lay bleeding on the ground. The killer escaped taking advantage of the darkness, said Sudhir’s cousin Azad Singh, who lodged the FIR.

“Everyone in our family and the bride’s family is terribly shocked. None of us had expected such an unfortunate situation,” he said. The bride’s father, Sudeshwar Singh, was terrified at what had happened and worried about his daughter’s future.

Even though an investigation is on, police sources said they believe the bridegroom’s murder could be a fallout between the bride and the killer. Susum Kumari’s family has denied that she had any previous romantic links.

“The motive behind the killing remains unclear. Statements of both the families have been recorded and a probe is on,” said Kshatranil Singh, superintendent of police of Bhojpur district. He also said the probe team could carry out a detailed interrogation of Susum Kumari soon.

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