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‘I fired my first gunshot at 8’

Remorseless. That is how 15-year-old Rahul Singh appeared when he was brought before a juvenile court on Friday. Lemuell Lall reports.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2008 03:08 IST
Lemuell Lall
Lemuell Lall
Hindustan Times

Remorseless. That is how 15-year-old Rahul Singh appeared when he was brought before a juvenile court on Friday. He had murdered his junior Dharmu Kol a day before.

Asked if he felt sorry about the killing, Rahul coolly said it was pointless to discuss an issue that was over.

Describing the circumstances that led to the murder, Rahul said he met Dharmu when the boy was entering school for the examinations. “I wished him Happy New Year. But, he didn’t shake my hand, saying he had not forgotten the fight over cricket a year ago. This infuriated me and I shot him dead with the country-made-pistol.”

His voice was calm.

The two were students of Government High School in Madhya Pradesh’s Churwari village, some 30 km from the district headquarters.

Rahul said he had bought the revolver and two cartridges for Rs 1,500 from an armyman a year ago. “I fired one bullet into the air some months back and the second on Dharmu.”

I have been fond of firearms since childhood. I fired my first shot from a licenced gun in the air at home when I was just eight years old.”

Asked where he learnt to use the firearm, he said: “You just have to press the trigger after loading it. I have been playing with guns since childhood.”

Rahul, a student of class X, was always considered a terror in school. According to police sources, he would take toy pistols to school when he was in class VI and bully the other boys, calling himself an underworld don.

His father has a notorious reputation. Brijmohan Singh alias Munna is wanted in an attempt to murder case and has been absconding for the past two months. He had been tried for killing a tribal 20 years ago, but was acquitted for lack of evidence.

Rahul’s uncle Bupendra Singh is Tikaria panchayat sarpanch.

Rahul says neither films nor television has anything to do with his fondness for firearms. “I don’t watch TV or movies.”

Dharmu’s mother Sukaliya Bai, a labourer, said she had saved money to educate her son. “I will see to it that Rahul is punished.”

She has informed her husband Ramprasad who is a labourer in Surat. Her eldest son Dhiraj lit the funeral pyre.