WATCH: Nagaland couple brandish assault rifles at wedding function
Guwahati: Photographs and videos of a bride and a groom brandishing sophisticated firearms during their wedding reception in Dimapur, Nagaland on Saturday have gone viral on Internet, stirring a major controversy.
The groom has been identified as the son of Bohota Kiba, top leader of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Unification (NSCN-U) faction.
In a viral video, the newlyweds can be seen striking poses on stage with AK-56 and M16 assault rifles in hand, while guests are clicking pictures. The public display of arms has reported irked many of the guests who were present at the wedding and social media users.
The groom's father, Kiba, is not new to controversies. According to reports, he had allegedly threatened to shoot journalists for prefixing “self-styled" to the military designations given to members of the rebel group.
NSCN-U is one of the seven Naga rebel groups who are a part of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) that is negotiating the Naga peace talks with the Centre. It was formed on November 23, 2007, with a truce agreement signed between few cadres and leaders of the NSCN-IM and NSCN-K in Dimapur with the aim of unifying the two warring factions of NSCN.