Shot fired in celebration kills Sirsa wedding guest

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sirsa
  • Updated: Dec 04, 2014 21:54 IST

A man aged 27 was killed in shots fired in celebration on Wednesday night during a wedding at Jodkiyan village in this district. Bridegroom Rajesh Faugat and his friends were heading to the bride's house in a procession when Rajesh's friend Sunil Beniwal fired many shots from his licenced pistol.

The gun misfired one, so he tried again, and when he opened the pistol, the gun went off and a bullet hit his chest.

'As he dropped unconscious in a pool of blood, the wedding guests ran away. Beniwal was, later, moved to a hostpial, where he was declared brought dead,'' said sub-Inspector Krishan Kumar of the Jamal police station. After inquest proceedings and autopsy, the police handed over Beniwal's body to his family.

Beniwal leaves behind two daughters and a wife. This was the third incident in a few days here when a shot fired in celebration has claimed a life.

"We are short of cartridges for the past few months. If the gun misfires, don't take risk of opening it, as the bullet might still be in the firing chamber. Also, never open fire during marriages and other public functions," said weapons dealer Sunil Sethi, owner of Amit Armoury.

Sethi also said weapon needed to be serviced from time to time. "If dust accumulates inside the barrel, the gun may misfire, increasing the chances of an accident," he added. Five days ago, a waiter at a wedding function was killed in a celebratory fire at Rania in Sirsa district.

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