A wedding video led to the arrest of one Bhikhari Yadav on Wednesday for allegedly murdering a bridegroom on January 19 at Mahisauth village in Darbhanga district, around 165km northeast of Patna.
Police said Bhikhari admitted to the crime during interrogation. A country-made pistol was found on him.
Biroul sub-divisional police officer Dilnawaz Ahmad said: “Despite several names being lodged in the FIR, we went through the wedding video footage and zeroed in on Bhikhari.” A resident of Mahisauth, Bhikhari had murdered Ranjit Yadav (22) during the garland-exchange ceremony. Ranjit had arrived at Mahisauth from Agraun village under Singhia police station of Samastipur district.
After the incident, Ramnaresh Yadav, an uncle of the deceased, registered a case of murder against Darbeshwar Yadav, the former village head, his three brothers and associate Manoj Yadav. The bride, Priyanka, claimed that Jitendra Yadav, a resident of the village, had killed Ranjit.
Sources said Bhikhari was close to the bride’s family and he had also attended the engagement ceremony at Ranjit’s home in Samastipur.
Ahmad said: “We have to be sure of if the same pistol was used for the crime. A team of forensic experts find it out.” The officer added: “Bhikhari confessed that he is a close associate of Darbeshwar, whose name is in the FIR.” Sources said there are two groups in the village, one led by Darbeshwar and the other by Ramnarayan Yadav, the present village head. ‘“ The bride’s father belongs to the Darbeshwar group,” a source said.