A desperate Romeo tried to win back his lover by climbing a tall billboard and threatening to throw himself off.

 

The man, 21, climbed a 30-foot advertising sign in the town of Loni in the Ghaziabad district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

 

He had leapt out of a relative’s car and made the dash up the tall structure the day after his fiancee broke off their engagement.

 

After emergency services were alerted, several police officers climbed up after him and one managed to tie a rope around the apparently suicidal man.

 

Then an hour-long stand-off ensued during which the man refused to come down and police refused to leave him there.

 

A video shows a police officer forcing the man to let go of the scaffolding so that he falls into the tarpaulin held stretched out tight by locals underneath.

 

The man identified only as Harun from the town of Welcome near Delhi only relinquished his grasp after a brutal struggle.

 

Police spokesman Srikant Prajapati said: "He is madly in love with the woman and was adamant that he would marry only her.

 

"In order to pressurise her into marriage, he climbed the pole installed on the road opposite Rashid Ali Gate, adjacent to Loni police station.

 

"He was brought down after nearly an hour. The incident led to traffic jams as hundreds of onlookers gathered at the spot.

 

"We have not lodged any FIR (First Information Report) against him but we will book him under Section 151 CrPC (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences)."

 

It is not known whether Harun’s ex-fiancee was sufficiently impressed by his display to renew their engagement.

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