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Gurgaon: 5-yr-old toys with gun, shoots self

Guard in Gurgaon highrise lets girl hold loaded weapon, is on the run. Sanjeev K Ahuja & Sunil Thapliyal report.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 22, 2012 00:49 IST

A five-year-old girl is battling for life at a hospital after a security guard’s gun that she was allegedly toying with in Gurgaon’s upscale DLF City went off, damaging her liver and pancreas.

Vanya Chadha, a student of The Shri Ram School, is in the ICU of a private hospital and is critical.

“The child came to us in a very critical condition with gunshot wound. We are trying to stabilise her,” said Dr Naresh Trehan, the CMD of Medicity The Medanta.

Vanya's father Gagan Chadha is a well-known caterer and they live in a ground floor apartment of Trinity Tower in DLF City Phase 5.

At around 9.45pm Monday, the family, including Vanya's parents and grandparents, were seeing off guests in the driveway when a guard, Rahul Kumar, who was passing by, stopped to talk to another security man, said an eyewitness.

Deep in conversation, he let Vanya hold the gun — a double barrel-shotgun (12 bore) — which suddenly went off.

“Vanya, who was bleeding profusely, collapsed,” said the eyewitness. Eight pallets were removed during an emergency surgery on Monday night but 15 were still lodged in her body, Himanshu Chawla, the girl’s maternal uncle, told HT.

Kumar's gun licence was issued in Khagaria district of Bihar in 2008 though he hailed from the state’s Aurangabad district, the police said. Typically, gun licences are issued on the basis of permanent address.

Kumar, who was moved close to Chadhas apartment on their request four months ago, managed to flee.

First Published: Aug 22, 2012 00:18 IST