A twelve-year-old Nepali boy lost his life after his father shot him mistaking him to be a monkey.
The tragic incident took place on Friday morning at a village in Arghakhanchi district in mid-western Nepal, www.nagariknews.com reported on Saturday.
55-year-old Gupta Bahadur Pulami shot his son Chitra Bahadur with his loaded rifle mistaking the minor for a monkey damaging the family’s standing maize corn crop.
The bullet hit the child on his cheek and exited through the temple. He is reported to have died immediately.
Chitra Bahadur had perched himself on a tree to scare away monkeys from the field when his father, unaware of the boy’s whereabouts, reached there with his rifle with the same objective.
"When the father saw some movement in the trees he fired in that direction thinking that it was monkey," local police official Tika Bahadur Gurung told the news website.
"I realized my mistake only when my son fell down and got stuck in one of the tree’s branches," Gupta Bahadur told the police in his statement following his arrest.
A student of fifth standard, Chitra Bahadur was the only child of Gupta Bahadur’s second wife who had died four years ago.
He has three sons and three daughters from his first wife.