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HT Live Correspondent
Ludhiana, November 15, 2012
Two days after a stray bullet him in the head on Diwali night, 10-year-old Akash oscillated between life and death on Thursday, while the police, finally, registered a case against unknown persons.  Akash, who has been admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, is said to be in a critical condition. Doctors, meanwhile, postponed a surgery to remove the bullet lodged in the boy's head, saying that his blood pressure was still fluctuating. They would take the decision after reviewing the condition of the child.

Akash was hit by a stray bullet on Diwali night, when he was accompanying his father, Ram Narayan, a resident of Karnail Singh Nagar, to Punjabi Bagh Colony for a mobile phone recharge. The identity of the shooters is still a mystery.

At first, Ram Narayan had thought his son had been hit by the splinter of a firecracker, and after getting him first-aid, brought him home. It was the day after, when Akash's condition deteriorated that he was taken to DMCH, where an MRI scan revealed that a bullet was lodged in his head. Meanwhile, to narrow down on the shooters, the police would check the weapons and bullets of arms' licence holders in the area.  The police have also visited the spot, where the incident took place, and questioned some people of the area about the incident.

Dugri police station house officer (SHO) Satwinder Singh said the police had demanded reports about the shape and size of the metal piece that hit the boy. "After knowing about the type of bullet (lodged in Akash's head), we will further investigate the case," he said.