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Love’s labour at darbar

- Aggrieved student, hubby meet CM

Patna, Feb. 6: A 30-year-old youth from Jamui district has set quite a tricky task for chief minister Nitish Kumar — to free his wife and child from the clutches of his in-laws and reunite them.

Huzoor aap hin meri bibi aur bachcha ko chhurwa kar wapas dilwa sakte hai. Woh log saat saal se mere saas-sasur ki qaid mein hai (Sir, only you can rescue my wife and son from the clutches of my in-laws. They are in their captivity for seven years),” this is how Pradeep Shah, a resident of Gidhaur, tried to convince Nitish at his janata darbar in the state capital today.

Pradeep claimed that he had not met his wife Mamta Devi and their son for seven years. The youth told the chief minister that his in-laws assaulted him twice when he went to their place to meet Mamta and his son.

Pradeep’s in-laws live at Harispatti in the Munasi Bazaar area of Asansol, Bengal.

The youth claimed that he had sought help from the police, but nothing happened. He said: “Despite submitting several petitions to the police in Asansol, the cops did not take any action against my in-laws. Now, the chief minister’s janata darbar is my last ray of hope.”

Pradeep accused the police of not taking any action against his in-laws because they were affluent people. He added that when he tried to see his wife last time about a month ago, his brothers-in-law — Suraj and Vishnu Sah — did not allow him to meet her and beat him up. “Even my father in-law, Ram Bagat Sah, a wholesale supplier of spices at Asansol mandi (market), abused me,” he said.

What has shocked Pradeep most that he has never seen his son. “Maine bachche ka muh tak nahi dekha hai (I have not even seen the face of my son),” he said, adding that Mamta had left for his parents’ place about a month after their wedding.

“She used to call me initially. But for the past few years, I have not even spoken to her,” he said.

After listening to the youth, the chief minister referred his petition to inspector-general (IG) of police (Bhagalpur zone) A.K. Ambedkar. The IG told Pradeep: “Let me inquire into the matter as it is related to another state. Meet me at my office after a few days.”

Pradeep, who works with a private firm, said: “I cannot marry again as long as my wife is alive or she gets divorced.” He added that his efforts to convince his wife to put her signature on a divorce paper went in vain.

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