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Patna: A robber in Bihar used the money he stole from a bank to pay for his daughter’s wedding, police said on Monday.

A gang of eight robbers raided a government bank in Nawada district on March 4 and robbed Rs1.4 million at gun-point. Subsequently, they divided the looted cash among themselves. The police have now arrested all the robbers but are yet to recover the stolen money.

An investigation by the police has now found that one of the robbers used the looted cash to pay for a bike and gold jewellery as dowry for his daughter’s wedding.

“After the robbery, the accused distributed the money among themselves. One of the accused spent the money for his daughter’s marriage,” Nawada district superintendent of police DS Savlaram told the media on Monday.

The demand for dowry has claimed hundreds of lives every year. According to a report of the National Crime Record Bureau, Bihar registered the second highest number of dowry deaths in India in 2017. As per the report, the state saw 1,081 dowry deaths in 2017, nearly 10 per cent more than 987 death recorded in 2016.

The police investigation further found that another robber donated the looted cash to his brother to contest the village council elections to be held soon.

Of late, Bihar has reported a number of big bank robberies that have alarmed the state administration. One such robbery was committed in Vaishali district in January when robbers looted Rs4.75 million from an Axis Bank branch.

In July 2020, the robbers had looted Rs6.9 million in cash from an Indian Bank branch in Aurangabad district. In August the same year, miscreants masquerading as policemen looted Rs5.6 million from the cash van of HDFC bank. The money was about to be deposited in the bank ATM when it was looted.

In November 2019, Rs3 million was stolen from a South Bihar Rural Bank branch in Bhojpur district.