Groom shoots friend dead by mistake after firing shot in celebration at his wedding 1 month ago

Groom shoots friend dead by mistake after firing shot in celebration at his wedding

The gun belonged to the victim

A groom accidentally killed his friend after shooting him at his own wedding.

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The newlywed, identified as Manish Madheshia, was carrying out a celebratory firing on Thursday as part of the festivities - a tradition that is now outlawed in India - when he ended up firing a bullet into the crowd, hitting Babu Lal Yadav.

The 35-year-old victim was in the Indian army and had travelled across the country after being given permission to attend the wedding. He later died in hospital.

The shooting took place in Brahmnagar village, located in the Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh - an Indian state in the north of the country.

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Police Superintendent Amrendra Pratap Singh later confirmed that the shooter and victim were friends.

After footage of the shooting was shared on social media, Singh confirmed that the victim's family filed a report shortly after and that Madheshia had been arrested.

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Such shootings at ceremonies, like weddings, have become a growing national problem over the years, leading to government officials updating legislation in 2019 shortly after a 22-year-old dancer was shot after she ignored requests to keep performing by two of the guests at a wedding.

A year prior, another 22-year-old woman died during a celebratory firing at a pre-wedding party after the father of the bride shot a stray that hit his neighbour situated on a nearby terrace.

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