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City police suspect security guard forged gun licence

The city police -- investigating the DLF City accidental gunfire case in which a 5-year-old girl was severely injured — suspect that the accused had forged the gun licence.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2012 00:38 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times

The city police -- investigating the DLF City accidental gunfire case in which a 5-year-old girl was severely injured — suspect that the accused had forged the gun licence.

The critically injured child, Vaanya Chadha, is battling for her life at Medanta — The Medicity hospital in Gurgaon.

Joint commissioner of police Anil Kumar Rao said, “I have issued directions for investigation into the authentication of the gun licence documents produced by the accused guard. We suspect that his licence could be a forged one. I have asked my officers to contact the Bihar Police as well as licence issuing authority in Khagaria where the licence was issued. We have to see how can an authority issue a gun licence to a person who just turned a major?”

According to the documents provided by the agency, which had employed Rahul Kumar, the accused had obtained the licence from Khagaria district, Bihar, barely five weeks after he turned 18.

“If the documents were genuine, then the authorities did not carry out necessary procedures and formalities before issuing firearm licence to the accused private security guard,” said a police officer.

Ideally, it takes several months to get a licence, as there are a lot of formalities to be completed before it is given.

Born on January 1, 1990, Kumar, as the documents suggest, had got the licence on February 6, 2008 — 36 days after he turned 18 on January 1, 2008.

The police are now investigating whether the accused had applied for the licence when he was a minor.

“How did he manage to get a licence so fast? We are investigating whether the district authorities have followed all norms while issuing the licence to a person who had barely completed 18 years. Ideally, it takes many months,” said the police official.

The victim’s father, Gagan Chadha, is a well-known caterer and they live in Trinity Towers in DLF City,

Kumar, who is absconding, used to put up in a rented accommodation in Chakarpur, while his wife and child are living in Aurangabad in Bihar. The police have fanned out two teams arrest him.

Meanwhile, the developer of Trinity Towers where the Chadhas lived, has washed their hands off the controversy, saying, “We have nothing to do with the incident. The guard was hired by the child’s father Gagan Chaddha.”

According to the police, the guard had loaded two cartridges in the gun and one of these had been fired while another remained in the firearm. The gun is currently in the custody of the police.

Meanwhile, the police are also investigating the role of the private security agency that had employed the accused.

Family seeks blessings as five-year-old battles for her life

HT Correspondent

Gurgaon: The condition of Vaanya Chadha, continues to be critical, said the doctors of Medanta – The Medicity hospital, where she is undergoing treatment.

According to them, the victim on Wednesday regained consciousness for a brief period. Dr Naresh Trehan, the CMD of Medanta, said she was still fighting for her life and was in a critical condition. “We have to wait for one more day to comment on her condition,” he added. She is still admitted to the intensive care unit.

The family of Vaanya has not given up hope. They hope that luck will smile on her. “The innocent girl has been battling for her life, doctors are doing their best to save her life, but we want people to pray for her, she needs their blessing,” said Himanshu Chawla, the maternal uncle of the victim.

On Monday, she was operated upon to remove the bullets lodged in her body. The doctors are tightlipped as her liver and kidney are damaged due to the bullet injury, and there is threat of infection.

Vaanya’s father Gagan Chadha is a well known caterer and they live in ground floor of Trinity Towers in DLF phase 5.

First Published: Aug 23, 2012 00:35 IST