A young couple in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, went missing recently. When their respective families filed missing person’s complaint with police and cops went on to investigate, they learned that Vinay Kumar and Neha Verma wanted to get married but their families wouldn’t let them, forcing them to escape together. This is when police played the good samaritan, convincing their families and even organising the wedding at the police station. The incident came to light when on Saturday, families of Vinay and Neha showed up at Mohammadpur Khala police station to report them missing. When police started their probe, they found out that both the boy and the girl were adults and there was no reason for the families to either panic or deny them the right to marry the person of their choice.

“The boy and the girl had been missing for two days…their parents had come to the police station to file a report. After an investigation, the police found that they were adults and wanted to get married…so the wedding was arranged,” ANI reports police officer Digamber Kushwaha as saying. Police went on to do up a room at the station for the wedding and a feast was organised. They also arranged for a ‘ghodi’ so that the groom could arrive the traditional way. There were pictures taken afterward, with people from both the families blessing the newly married couple.

This is not the first time police have played cupid. Last year, a Varanasi couple got married when someone told police about them as they sat together in a park. They confessed to the police team that they were in love and wanted to get married. Police made all the arrangements for a “dowry-free wedding”.