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THIS is the shocking moment a groom shot his pal dead by mistake after firing off a shot in celebration at his wedding.

Manish Madheshia fired the stray bullet that killed an army pal at the ceremony in northern India.

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A groom has shot his best pal dead by accident
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The groom was using a firearm his pal lent him when a stray bullet went off

Cops confirmed the victim as Babu Lal Yadav, 35, who took leave and travelled half way across the country to attend the bash.

Chilling footage shows Madheshia getting excited when handed the weapon - before firing it in celebration.

The groom shot into the air before he accidentally pointed the gun at his friend and a bullet was discharged.

Footage revealed the moment the live round hit Yadav, who was in a white t-shirt. He suddenly collapsed to the ground.

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Cops seized the licensed pistol and detained Madheshia and several others for questioning.

Yadav was declared dead on arrival at hospital. Those who took him there fled to avoid being detained.

Superintendent of Police of Sonbhadra Amrendra, Uttar Pradesh, Pratap Singh confirmed that Madheshia was being charged under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), according to a local report.

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“The incident took place during the marriage function organised in Ashirwad Vatika which falls under the police station Robertsganj," he said.

"A person who’s serving in the army was identified as Babulal Yadav died after being shot during the celebratory firing by the groom – Manish Madheshia.

"The pistol has also been seized and the probe is underway."

Yadav's family have handed over witness testimonies to the police.

"Robertsganj police station arrested one accused related to the murder during a wedding ceremony," police document is said to show.

"One pistol with four bullets and one no-fire cartridge were recovered from possession."

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