Man fakes kidnapping to avoid marriage

Srinagar: A man staged “fake” kidnapping of himself to avoid his marriage with a girl against his will in Pulwama district of Kashmir Valley, police said Wednesday.
Arshid Ahmad Margay, a resident of Qasbayar area of Pulwama, staged a “drama” of his abduction with the help of his brother Shameem Ahmad and four friends as he was engaged to a girl against his will, a police spokesman said here.
Shameem had lodged a report in Rajpora police station stating that during the intervening night of February 21 and 22, some unknown gunmen entered his house and abducted Arshid, the spokesman said.
During the course of investigation into the report, Arshid was traced from Wathoo village, and when questioned, it was found that he was engaged to a girl against his will, he said.
As per the plan, Arshid’s brother and friends Ferooz Ahmad Mir, Fayaz Ahmad Shah, Javid Ahmad Dar and Ashiq Hussain Shah pretended to be militants and entered the house during the night and took him away in a vehicle.
Arshid was kept in Javid’s house and an impression was made that the the girl, to whom he was engaged to, was having an affair with somebody else, who, with the help of unknown gunmen, had kidnapped him, the spokesman said.
Police is taking action under law against the persons involved in staging this “fake” abduction, he said.

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