Groom, brother killed after bride’s ex gifted them home theatre rigged with explosives

An Indian man and his brother have tragically died following an explosion caused by a home theatre system that was gifted to the newly-married couple.

The police have reported that the device was fitted with explosives that detonated upon being plugged in. The groom was killed instantly, while his brother passed away during medical treatment, the BBC reported.

Investigators have claimed that the bomb was sent by the former lover of the bride, who was reportedly upset about her marrying another man. The suspect, identified as Sarju Markam from the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh, has been taken into police custody but has yet to make a statement.

The explosion, which occurred on 3 April at the groom’s residence in Kabirdham district, Chhattisgarh, also injured four others, including an 18-month-old child.

The police revealed that Markam, aged 33, was in a relationship with the 29-year-old bride and had demanded that she become his second wife. However, the bride’s family rejected his advances and arranged for her to marry someone else.

The blast was so powerful that it caused the walls and roof of the room to collapse.