A married couple from Orissa,who fell in love after connecting on a wrong number two years back and landed up in Vapi last month,had their dream cut short when Surat police took the woman,a major,in custody on Monday while acting on a complaint filed by her father.
Sumitra (26),daughter of Dhoba Nayak,a farmer in Nuagaon of Nayagarh district in Orissa,was trying to call her friend Sushmita when she ended up dialling a wrong number. The call went to one Sarbeshwar Shetty (27),who hailed from Bhapur of Nayagarh district and was in Mumbai,where he worked at a colour coating unit in Boisar.
The two got chatting and hit it off. Over longer talks on phone,the two eventually fell in love. The phone affair went on for two years,till Sumitra proposed in March this year that they should marry. Knowing well that their parents would not agree,they made a plan to elope.
On April 2,Shetty went to Bhubaneshwar and called Sumitra,who left her house without informing family members. The two met at the city bus stand and later went to Jagannath temple at Puri in Orissa,where reportedly got married. The couple then took a train and reached Dadar in Mumbai,from where they finally landed in Vapi in Valsad district.
In the meantime,Sumitras father lodged a missing complaint with the local police in Orissa. Sumitra,who had switched off her own cellphone,made a call to her mother using Shettys cellphone and informed her that she had got married and was happy.
However,as luck would have it,Sumitras father passed on the number to police,which traced the phone in Vapi and informed Surat police.
The Surat police finally caught up with Sumitra and Shetty on Monday,took the woman in custody and sent her to womens home in Surat. After being informed,a team of a sub inspector and three constables,including a woman constable,arrived from Orissa on Tuesday to take Sumitra back. Surat crime branch police inspector N P Gohil said Shetty was still in Vapi.