| Mohammad Nizam. Picture by Mukesh Kumar |
He married 65 times in the past 10 years before landing up in jail for duping youngsters in the name of providing jobs.
Incredible but true, a 30-year-old youth from Mehsi in East Champaran has reportedly married 65 times since 2004 and even fathers many children.
Mohammad Nizam alias Sujan alias Raj Kumar was arrested from Chiknauta Chowk under the jurisdiction of Baliganon police station in Vaishali on Sunday for allegedly duping unemployed youths on the pretext of providing them lucrative jobs in central government and public sector undertakings.
The police officers were taken aback when at least 15 young women, all in the age group of 18 to 27 years, turned up at the police station and claimed themselves to be Nizam’s spouses. The situation worsened when a medical practitioner of Alauli in Khagaria arrived at the police station to inquire about the matter on Monday.
The medical practitioner, whose identity has been withheld on the request of the police officers, was shocked to learn that his son-in-law was a fraud and has been detained on the charge of duping several girls earlier. The marriage of the doctor’s daughter, a student of Class X, was solemnised on March 21 with much pomp. “The doctor and his wife fainted in the police station after seeing several women cursing their fate. The couple had spent lavishly on the wedding of their only daughter with Raj Kumar, who claimed to be a vigilance officer in the railways. He always used to keep a walkie-talkie to befool his acquaintance,” said Baligaon police station house officer Raj Kumar Paswan.
The SHO added that the police have come to know about the conman’s 65 weddings since 2004. The first marriage was solemnised in 2004 with Pinki, a muslim girl from Muzaffarpur. Later, he married girls from Saharsa, Samastipur, Sitamarhi, Bettiah (West Champaran), Madhepura, Bhagalpur, Purnea, Araria and Katihar. Even some of them had carried their children with them.
The SHO received telephone calls from a number of women hailing from other states as well. “Some women made enquiries about Nizam even from Malda, Howrah, Midnapore, Asansol and Sealdah in Bengal. They claimed themselves to be wives of Nizam,” the officer added.
The women claimed that Nizam never took them to his native village. His modus operandi was to trap teenaged girls belonging to well-to-do families. “As he used to operate single-handedly, he managed to hoodwink the police and was never caught. Several complained that their jewelleries and other valuables were taken away by their husband.”
He also extorted Rs 5 lakh from five youths on the pretext of providing them job in the central government organisations. Nizam was produced before the chief judicial magistrate at Hajipur, the district headquarters town of Vaishali on Monday, who forwarded him to judicial custody in Hajipur divisional jail for two weeks. A practicising lawyer of Patna High Court, Rajesh Ranjan Pandey, described the marriages illegal.