New Delhi: Celebratory firing killed a 14-year-old in Dadri, Greater Noida, said a report on Thursday. According to Hindustan Times, the incident took place in MU sector of Greater Noida around 5 PM on Wednesday.
Ghodi Bacheda resident Gaurav Singh was hit by a bullet in the neck. Several pellets also pierced his chest, said the report. He was rushed to Kailash Hospital where he was declared brought dead by doctors.
Police said the boy, a student, was on his way home when he was hit by a bullet and pellets allegedly fired from an air gun. Police said the victim wasn’t even part of the celebrations and was happening to pass by when the incident took place.
“An engagement ceremony was being held in the house of one Jagdish in MU sector and his son and three of his friends resorted to celebratory firing using pistols, air guns and countrymade guns. One bullet hit the boy in the neck and he was taken to Kailash Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival,” Dadri Police Station SHO Ram Sen Singh said.
“The medico-legal report states that he was brought dead to the hospital. His chest had several pellet injuries and we found a bullet injury to the neck,” a spokesperson of Kailash Hospital said.
Police have registered a murder case against four persons. “We have sent the body for a post-mortem examination and its report is awaited. We have booked four persons under the Indian Penal Code Section 302 for murder. No arrest has been made yet,” Singh told the daily.
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has ruled that organisers of events like weddings where celebratory firing takes place would also be held responsible for any mishap that may occur due to the use of firearms.
Justice Vibhu Bakhru said the person organising the event has to ensure that his or her guests do not discharge firearms and ought to inform the police if celebratory firing takes place.
The court said that if the government has not formulated guidelines on the issue, then till such norms come, “we need to fix responsibility on the person who organised the event”.