"Special teams have been made to find the accused and bride."
Two Indian brides were kidnapped shortly after their weddings in a span of 20 days in Rajasthan.
It was heard that a group of armed men had intercepted their vehicles before abducting the women.
The first incident took place near Mordunga village in the Sikar district. Following their wedding, sisters Sonu Kanwar and Hansa Kunar were going to their in-laws’ house when their car was stopped by a group of armed men.
They smashed the windows and produced their weapons before abducting Hansa.
Even though a case was registered, the Rajput community was shocked that there was no trace of the missing bride after a few days.
The community staged a protest outside the Sikar District Collector’s residence in Rajasthan.
The protest was led by BSP MLA Udaipurwati Rajendra Guda. He attempted self-immolation in front of the protestors by pouring kerosene on himself.
He was protesting as to why the police have been delaying their attempt to arrest the accused. However, Guda was stopped by other protestors.
A few weeks after the incident in Sikar, another kidnapping case took place in Udaipur city when an unnamed bride was on her way to her in-laws home.
The groom had got married and the couple travelled in the early morning of April 30, 2019.
At a railway crossing, a car blocked their path before a group of men got out. They smashed the windows and beat the groom.
They then fled with the Indian bride. The woman’s family suspected a youth from their neighbourhood was behind the kidnapping.
The suspect’s family were taken to the police station for interrogation but it was made difficult as those who knew the accused tried to prevent the police from doing so.
SP Gopal Swaroop Mewara said: “Special teams have been made to find the accused and bride.
“CCTV footage has been sought and alerts have been raised at toll plazas. Some people have been interrogated and we will find the kidnappers soon.”
Police officers also added they did not rule out the kidnapping as a ploy for the bride to escape with a lover.
The main suspect was later identified as Ankit after police relied on surveillance footage and questioning four suspects.
Police officers found Ankit to be in Uttarakhand and they rescued Hansa Kunar. They also arrested the main suspect and one of his friends.
It was discovered that he had kidnapped Hansa as part of an elaborate plan to elope as they were lovers.
They had planned to have a court marriage but officers had recognised them outside the court. They then informed the Sikar police.
Ankit was remanded in custody, however, officers did not get Hansa’s statement. She only expressed her wish to return to her parents’ home.
Even though Ankit was arrested and Hansa was found, the second bride still remains missing.