A 36-year-old ex-army man allegedly shot dead his friend in south west Delhi’s Chhawla village on Sunday night.
The incident occurred when the accused, Charan Singh, took out his licensed pistol and began showing him how the weapon worked. The victim, Sidharth, received bullet injuries in the chest and died on the spot.
Singh has been arrested. He had retired from the Kumaon regiment in 2014. Police have registered a case under section 302 (murder) IPC and 27 Arms Act against him at Chhawla police station.
Police officials said that a probe was on to verify if it was a freak accident as narrated by Singh.
The incident took place around 8pm when Singh came out of his house for a stroll after dinner. He was allegedly drunk and walking with two friends.
They were soon joined by two more friends - Sidharth, a milkman, and retired BSF officer Ram Awatar. Singh allegedly took out his licensed pistol and began showing it to others.
Singh was showing them what precautions to take while handling the weapon when he fired and the bullet hit Sidharth in the chest.
“The five men knew each other. Singh was explaining how the weapon works and fired once in the air. When he fired for the second time, the bullet hit Sidharth in the chest. He died on the spot,” said a senior police official.
Sidharth was rushed to Rao Tula Ram Memorial hospital where he was declared brought dead. Police was informed and Singh was arrested. The weapon of offence has been recovered.
“Singh is being interrogated. We are probing if this was a planned murder. We are questioning the family members as well. All allegations are being verified,” the officer said.