A 10-year-old boy accidentally opened fire from his father's licenced pistol and sustained injuries at Kavi Nagar in Ghaziabad on Saturday afternoon.
He was later rushed to a private hospital, where his condition was said to be stable.
The incident occurred at around 1pm on Saturday.
"The boy and his father had gone to a doctor for the boy's medical checkup. When his father went to the washroom, the child unknowingly picked up the pistol and accidentally opened fire," said Sudhir Tyagi, Kavi Nagar station officer.
Tyagi said that the fire-arm was a .32 bore pistol, issued to boy's father, who is stated to be an advocate.
"The boy was injured on his hand and leg. He is under observation," said the attending doctor.
Although the boy's family did not file a complaint in the incident, Prashant Kumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP) said that an inquiry would be conducted.
"It seems to be a case of accidental firing, which could have turned fatal. We will make inquiries and may call for cancellation of the father's pistol licence. There seems to be negligence on part of the arms-holder to preserve his fire-arm safely," the senior superintendent of police said.
The boy's family declined to comment on the issue.
A total of 22,000 arms licenses have been issued to various persons in Ghaziabad (including Panchsheel Nagar), and numerous cases of accidental firing have been reported due to inept handling of fire-arms.
The senior superintendent of police said that it was the duty of the arms-holder to preserve his/her firearm with caution.