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The newlywed couple brandishing assault rifles at their wedding reception in Dimapur, Nagaland
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Nagaland newlyweds brandishing rifles: Case filed under Arms Act

In viral video, NSCN-U leader’s son and his bride are seen posing on stage with sophisticated weapons at their wedding reception in Dimapur recently

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Kohima: Following the controversy around the viral video and photographs of a newly-wed couple brandishing sophisticated firearms during their wedding reception in Dimapur, the Nagaland Police has registered a case under the Arms Act 1959.

Confirming this with EastMojo, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) and PRO of Dimapur police, Relo Aye, said, "A case has already been registered under the Arms Act at Diphupar police station.” However, no arrests have been made till the filing of this report. Further details are awaited.

When contacted, chairman of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG), Lt Gen (Rtd) Shokin Chauhan, said that although he has seen the video, he is not aware of what the police chief should do as per the law. "It is not concerned with the ceasefire ground rules. They have not violated any ground rules,” said Chauhan.

In the viral video, the newlyweds can be seen striking a pose on stage with AK-56 and M16 assault rifles in hand, at their wedding reception while guests clicked pictures. As reported, the groom has been identified as the son of Bohota Kiba, top leader of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Unification (NSCN-U) faction.

Here’s the video:

As per reports, the groom's father, Kiba, is not new to controversies and 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.