A young woman who kidnapped a groom at gunpoint from his wedding on Tuesday night – announcing, Bollywood-style, that she would not allow her man to wed another person – has been arrested by the police in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand. She asserts the groom, Ashok Yadav, went with her willingly.
Varsha Sahu’s “Revolver Rani” act has made waves and even impressed some in the police force, but she has disowned the most dramatic part of her wedding stunner.
“I did not go there with a gun… it’s a lie,” said the 25-year-old, sitting in the police headquarters in a grey kurta-salwar.
On Tuesday night, by all witness accounts, she pulled up in a SUV to the wedding venue and strolled in with two men. Then she held a pistol to the groom’s head and stated: “This man loves me, he is betraying me by wedding another person. I won’t enable this to happen.”
The three led away the groom from the mandap or altar and drove off with their hostage, leaving a weeping bride and shocked visitors afterward. The bride’s family later went to the police to report the kidnapping.
Ashok Yadav is still missing, say the police.
Varsha and Ashok reportedly met a couple of years back at work and fell in love. Some allege they are secretly married. But he was allegedly being forced by his family to wed another person.
Varsha, who lives with her mom and sister, has told the police that the groom “knocked on her auto and came willingly” that night.
“He was not happy with the marriage. He was not ready to wed that girl. The girl’s family knew he was in love with another person however said she would handle the situation,” she said.
The police confirmed a part of the story. “She has said they were beaus and knew each other for a long time. The kid was not happy with the marriage he was getting into,” said RK Mishra, a cop in Banda, where the occurrence occurred.