Celebratory fire killings put cops on toes in Madhya Pradesh
Twenty one-year-old Aayushi was soon going to graduate from Jabalpur engineering college, but all her dreams of a successful career came to a crushing end on May 15.indore Updated: May 29, 2015 17:40 IST
Twenty one-year-old Aayushi was soon going to graduate from Jabalpur engineering college, but all her dreams of a successful career came to a crushing end on May 15.
The young woman was in Narsinghpur to attend the marriage of a relative, when the groom’s uncle started firing aerial gunshots.
The happy-go-lucky woman, who was standing on the dais next to the groom, collapsed suddenly. She had been hit.
“One of the bullets hit the girl on the head and had pierced her brain. She was rushed to the hospital, but was declared dead on arrival,” said a policeman, posted at Gadarwara police station in Narsinghpur district, 241-km east from Bhopal.
Celebratory or aerial firings, a common practice in rustic Madhya Pradesh, have killed around a half-a-dozen people and injured several others over the last year in the region.
On Wednesday, Section 144 was clamped in Bhind to put a check on people carrying firearms in public.
Collector Madhukar Agneya imposed the ban after deaths of several people during ceremonial firings and related deterioration of law and order situation in the district.
Several such incidents have been reported from across the state this month alone, sources in the police department said.
Talking to Hindustan Times, inspector general of police, IG (law & order) Makrand Deouskar said celebratory firing was more prevalent in certain districts because it was a part of local tradition.
“However, action is taken by the police in case of misuse of firearms,” he said.
“There are standing orders to the district police to register a criminal case and cancel the weapon licence of a person resorting to celebratory firing,” he said.
With inputs from Subhash Jain, Bhind