Armed with mangalsutras and garlands, a group cornered young lovers on the VOC Park grounds here on Thursday and forced them to tie the knot.

A group protesting against Valentine’s Day celebrations gained entry into the park and caught a number of young men and women, who were celebrating the day and demanded that they get married. No organisation, however, claimed responsibility for this act.

The group accused the lovers of “spoiling” the culture and the traditions of the country and forced them to marry.

A majority of the couples refused to do so and ran away from the place, fearing attack. But the group managed to round up two couples and got them married.

Left with no option or any means of being rescued by other visitors to the park, the couples exchanged garlands and tied the knot, while being surrounded by the group.

The activists refused to reveal their identity, but claimed they were members of Hindu Munnani. However, Hindu Munnani State secretary N. Shanmugasundaram denied the involvement of members of his organisation.

The “married” couples refused to talk to anyone. Once out of the park, they removed the mangalsutra and garlands.

Surprisingly, no policeman or woman was present and no case was registered against those who played the role of moral police.

“We have not received any information about the incident. We deployed personnel in plainclothes in the park and no such incident was reported. We have not registered any case in this connection,” Superintendent of Police R. Ponni said.

Meanwhile, a few cadres of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi distributed handbills promoting love and inter-caste marriage in various parts of the town.

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