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Firing: Inquiry ordered into boy's death

delhi Updated: Apr 29, 2011 00:24 IST
HT Correspondent

The district administration on Thursday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the death of a 10-year-old boy, who died of stray bullet injuries on Wednesday.

The minor fell to stray bullets when a gang of criminals opened fire at the police in Pilkhuwa area along the national highway 24, the police said.

Three police personnel and local resident were also hurt in the firing.

The incident occurred when a police team in a jeep arrived at Depha area of Pilkhuwa to investigate into a complaint. When the vehicle reached the house of a dreaded criminal, Sarvar Singh, who lives in the area, he and a few of his accomplices, opened fire at the police.

"Assuming that the police encircled their hideout, they fired around 25 rounds at the officials. At this time, a 10-year-old-boy, who was playing nearby, was also caught in the firing," senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raghubir Lal said.

The victim was later identified as Aman Kumar.

Following a complaint by the victim's family, a post-mortem examination was conducted. According to initial reports he died of a .315 caliber bullet fired by Singh during Wednesday's incident.

"Police uses .303 caliber bullets and were caught unawares by the sudden offensive by the seven criminals. Police did not fire any rounds, as 20 rounds of .303 bullets issued to the constable were found intact," senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raghubir Lal told the Hindustan Times.

However, the victim's family has lodged an FIR under sections of attempt to murder and murder against the police patrol party and demanded their suspension. The SSP denied any suspension orders as police did not open fire.

The police have also lodged a case against the seven miscreants from Haryana and UP, under various sections of the IPC and Criminal Law Amendment Act.

The SSP said 60-year-old man and another minor were also injured during the incident.

Three police personnel also sustained bullet-injuries and SI Sanjeev Vishnoi lost his vision after the incident, police officials said.

"He lost his right eye and was referred to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Delhi," Lal said.

On Wednesday, a three-member police team had gone to inquire into a complaint lodged by a woman Sona Haseen against her daughter's in-laws. The gang led by Singh opened fire at the police, assuming that it was a raid and an attempt to arrest them.

Police and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) have been deployed following the incident and the district magistrate has requested the state officials to compensate the victim's family.