A groom and his brother have been reported dead after a home theatre music system that they received as a wedding gift exploded in India’s Chhattisgarh state.
The explosive-laden music system was allegedly gifted by the bride’s ex-lover, who was livid about her getting married to another man, the police said.
Hemendra Merawi died on Monday in his house in the Kabirdham district as soon as he plugged in the music system. His elder brother, Rajkumar, later succumbed to his injuries.
Four other members of the family, including an 18-month-old child, suffered injuries and were admitted to a local hospital for treatment.
The intensity of the blast was so strong that it reportedly brought down the roof and walls of the house.
The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Sarju Markam, was arrested from the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.
Mr Markam, a married man and a father of two sons, was allegedly in a relationship with a 29-year-old woman and wanted her to be his second wife.
“Markam had initially lied to Merawi’s wife that he was not married. After she realized the truth, she refused to marry him. But he kept threatening her to marry him,” the police said in a statement.
“Markam fitted the bomb in the system and kept it below the mandap (platform) along with other gifts,” superintendent of police Lal Umed Singh was quoted by the Indian Express as saying.
“The accused told the police that he had planted the explosive in the home theatre and gifted it to the newly married couple in a bid to kill them.”
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