They entered into an estranged relationship just five months into their marriage. After bitter quarrels and lots of animosity, the couple then entered into a prolonged legal battle to stay separately.

However, on Saturday Ratikanta Samal of Cuttack Sadar and Chandana Samal of Choudwar were reunited along with their three-year-old son, thanks to a State-level Lok Adalat held here in the district judge court premises.

It was not Samals alone, but at least 12 other estranged couples were reunited on the day in the Lok AdalatA total of 70 cases of divorce were listed for decision before the Lok Adalat on the day. Similarly, at least 350 motor vehicle (MV) accident claim cases were listed for settlement in the Lok Adalat on the day.