A 13-year-old Chetan Lal Chaurasia was hit in his stomach with a stray bullet that was fired at a procession being taken out as part of Bhagwat Katha celebrations near Karasdeo Nagar this afternoon.
Chetan, a Class VIII student of Satya Sai collapsed immediately after being shot and died soon after. The impact of the bullet brought out his entrails on the road and even though he was rushed to the hospital, it was too late.
Soon after the incident, there was a general pandemonium in the entire area as people screamed in terror and ran towards the spot of the incident.
The Bhagwat Katha that was being held at Prime City was suspended as news of the tragedy reached the venue. The Bhagwat Katha had been organised by the Sengar family and the procession, where the tragedy occurred, was being taken out from crossing near Maruti Nagar to the venue where the Bhagwat Katha was being held to mark Lord Krishna’s wedding (that particular chapter was being read that day).
According to eyewitnesses of the incident, which included Chetan’s younger brother Sagar (10), his brother was taking part in the procession just like hundreds of other people.
The members of the Sengar family were bursting crackers, and then suddenly someone from the Sengar family brought out a gun.
At first Mohan Sengar fired a bullet in the air and then Anand Sengar took the gun and fired another bullet, then the gun was taken by a man wearing a pant and open shirt, and he bent down to put a bullet inside the gun and then it suddenly went off and it hit Chetan.
Sagar said he saw his brother fall down and blood coming out. Chetan’s elder brother Pintu said he was paying cricket a short distance away when the incident took place. He rushed to the spot when he heard the gun shot, little knowing that his own brother had been shot.
When he realised that Chetan had been shot he parted the crowd to see his brother. “No one allowed me to see him. He was taken in a red car by the organisers to the hospital.”
The Charasia family live at 25, Karasdeo Nagar. Chetan lived with his father Mohanlal Chaurasia, his mother and his two brothers. The Sengar family also lives nearby and the two brothers know the members of the Sengar family as Chetan and Pintu both studied at Pragati H S School, which is owned by Sengar. Chetan recently shifted to Sathya Sai.
Incidentally, Mohan Sengar was one of the accused in the in-famous Rajesh Joshi murder case that took place in 1998. He was, however, acquitted of the murder charge.
Pardeshipura CSP Virendra Singh said from the information they had gathered so far, the bullet that killed Chetan was fired by Deepu Sengar, who is Mohan Sengar’s nephew.
The CSP said most probably a case under Section 304 A would be booked against him. He added that no permission had been taken for taking out the procession and they are also looking for one Chandu Kujir, who was organising the Bhagwat Katha.