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Wed ‘lock’

Muraroi, June 8: A groom and his family members in Birbhum were allegedly forced to pay Rs 1.6 lakh as expenses for catering and decoration after he refused to marry yesterday because of the failure of the bride’s father to give gold as dowry.

The groom, a mason, and his family members were locked up in a club by the bride’s family from last evening till this morning, when police rescued them.

The groom, a resident of Jharkhand, had refused to marry when the girl’s father pleaded helplessness in giving 20 grams of gold. Sources said the groom’s family paid Rs 1.6 lakh in the presence of the police, a charge the law-enforcers denied.

“We were not involved in any kind of settlement. No police case has been lodged,” said the officer in charge of the local police station. The marriage has been called off.