India Groom killed after bride’s ex-boyfriend gifted them sound system rigged with explosive

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A 25-year-old groom has died in an explosion after his bride’s ex gifted them a music system rigged with explosives.

One day after their nuptials on April 1, the newlywed groom was at his home with family in Chhattisgarh’s Kabirdham district, India.

The groom, identified as 25-year-old Hemendra Merawi, and his brother, 30-year-old Rajkumar, unwrapped a music system gifted to Hemendra and his wife at their wedding. After setting it up and turning it on, the device exploded, police told The Express.

Both Hemendra and Rajkumar were killed in the blast that police said was so violent, it blew off the roof of the house and damaged three walls.

Five other family members, including an 18-month-old child, were injured in the explosion.

Hemendra’s new bride, only identified as a 29-year-old woman, was at her parents’ home at the time of the incident, news media reported.

After questioning Hemendra’s wife and other family members, police narrowed in on an ex-lover of the bride as the prime suspect.

Police have arrested the ex who gifted the newlyweds the music system rigged with explosives.

Sarju Markam, 33, who worked as an auto mechanic, was located and detained at his job on April 3.

Investigators found that Markam, who was already married with children, was upset after the bride rejected his desire for her to become his second wife.

He became vengeful after she decided to marry Hemendra by way of an arranged marriage, police said.

A day before the nuptials, Markam called the then bride-to-be and tried to convince her to not go through with it.

Markam then called Hemendra and threatened him.

Markam then had a friend take him to the wedding venue on March 31 where he placed the wrapped music system under several wedding gifts before departing.

Markam’s friend who gave him a ride had no knowledge of Markam’s plans, police said.

Markam faces life imprisonment under India’s Explosive Substances Act, Vice reported.