Firing shots by members of a marriage party at a marriage palace in Dinanagar on Sunday evening allegedly claimed the life of a 12-year-old poor boy who was collecting rupees thrown in the air by dancing members.
The victim has been identified as Sanjeev Kumar, alias, Sanju, of Dinanagar. His grandmother serves as a sweeper at Jiwan Palace, the marriage venue, where the incident took place.
The bullet, fired by a .12 bore gun, strike the boy between his neck and the back and he died on the spot.
The body was handed over to his parents after a post-mortem was conducted at the civil hospital in Gurdaspur on Monday.
A police team led by Dinanagar deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Thakur Kamal Singh reached the spot and started inquest proceedings.
Police have, in the meantime, recovered three bullet shells fired from the .12 bore gun from the spot.
Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Toor told Hindustan Times that a case was registered under sections 302 (punishment for murder), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 25, 27 and 54 of the Arms Act at the Dinanagar police station in this connection.
He said the accused, identified as Ashok Kumar of Amritsar, had been arrested.
The SSP said he had instructed all station house officers in the district to make a routine checking of marriage palaces falling in their respective jurisdictions to ensure that there would not be present any children in them like the victim.
The SSP said legal action would also be taken against the owner of the marriage palace for allowing fire arms on the premises of the palace, besides booking the others, who also carried weapons with them and fired shots during the marriage ceremony.