The city police -- investigating the DLF City accidental gunfire case in which a five-year-old girl was severely injured — suspect that the accused had forged the gun licence.
The critically injured child, Vaanya Chadha, is battling for her life at Medanta-The Medicity hospital in Gurgaon.
Joint commissioner of police Anil Kumar Rao said, "I have issued directions for investigation into the authentication of the gun licence documents produced by the accused guard. We suspect that his licence could be a forged one. I have asked my officers to contact the Bihar police as well as licence issuing authority in Khagaria where the licence was issued. We have to see how can an authority issue a gun licence to a person who just turned a major?"
According to the documents provided by the agency, which had employed Rahul Kumar, the accused had obtained the licence from Khagaria district, Bihar, barely five weeks after he turned 18.
"If the documents were genuine, then the authorities did not carry out necessary procedures and formalities before issuing firearm licence to the accused private security guard," said a police officer.
Ideally, it takes several months to get a licence, as there are a lot of formalities to be completed before it is given.
Born on January 1, 1990, Kumar, as the documents suggest, had got the licence on February 6, 2008 — 36 days after he turned 18 on January 1, 2008.
The police are now investigating whether the accused had applied for the licence when he was a minor.