Breaking all stereotypes set by Bollywood movies that show heroes kidnapping women from wedding 'mandaps', a woman from Uttar Pradesh's Hamirpur district abducted a groom at gunpoint late on Tuesday.
The woman pulled up in an SUV to the wedding venue, aimed a revolver to the groom's head and said: "This man loves me. He is betraying me by marrying someone else. I will not allow this to happen."
She threatened the onlookers with dire consequences if they tried to stop her. Minutes later, the woman who was accompanied by two other armed men drove away with the groom.
The groom, Ashok Yadav, who is still missing, works at a private clinic in Banda. Yadav was in a relationship with a colleague and had promised to marry her. But a few months later, he started avoiding the woman as his family had fixed his marriage with another woman.
The father of the groom, Ramhet Yadav, said: "There was definitely something suspicious about my son. When I tried to visit him in the town where he worked, he would not invite me to his home. Instead, we would meet at a temple and feed me at a food stall near there and then send me home."
The bride's family has registered a case of kidnapping for the groom. Hamirpur ASP Brajesh Kumar Mishra said that they are investigating the incident and a search operation has been launched to locate Ashok and the woman.