Lucknow, Sep 11 (IANS) An inebriated private security guard on Monday shot dead two children and critically wounded another in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh, police said adding that he has been arrested.

Surendra Singh, working in a school in Detaria village, demanded water from children playing around while he was drinking.

When the children did not pay heed, he allegedly pulled out a gun and shot them, killing Gulfansa, 6, and Shaan Mohammad, 3, on the spot. Soni, 4, was injured.

Villagers overpowered him and beat him up before handing him over to police. The murder weapon has been seized.

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