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‘Celebratory’ rifle shot kills wedding guest

india Updated: Dec 04, 2009 01:32 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
Vijay Nagar

A 22 year MBA student lost his life during a firing incident which took place at a wedding ceremony at Vijay Nagar here on late Wednesday night, police said.

Amit Sharma sustained a bullet injury in his head from a shot fired allegedly by the groom's uncle Sheesh Pal, in celebration during the jaimala (garlanding) ceremony, police said.

The victim was a friend of groom Sohan Lal.

“One of the shots hit Sharma in the head. He was immediately rushed to MMG hospital at Ghaziabad where he was declared dead. The shot was fired from a licensed weapon and we will cancel the license," SP (City) Rahul Yadvendu said.

The victim's father R.K. Sharma said that the family would not give up and later lodged an FIR under section 304 of IPC at Vijay Nagar police station.

Firing incidents are common during wedding-ceremonies in Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar districts.

In Ghaziabad alone last fortnight, five people, including three children and a woman were reportedly injured at different incidents similar in nature.

Officials attribute the rising incidents to lack of practice facilities, as most of the license-holders do not know how to operate the arms. Although Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar (GBN) districts have over 20,000 and 9,000 arms license-holders, they do not have access to practice facilities.

N.K. Yadav, a licence-holder said, “Most licence holders do not know how to operate their .32 and 12 bore arms. These result in frequent mishaps.”

Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate Deepak Aggarwal also denied any provision of a firing range facility. After the incidents, the arms-licenses are mostly cancelled by the police and administration officials.

"But the priority should be to allow license-holders to practice at a firing-range. Cancellation is a deterrent and not a remedy," said Advocate Vikrant Sharma.