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Pathankot boy dies after shooting himself while taking a selfie

A 15-year-old Pathankot school boy who allegedly shot himself with his father’s revolver while taking a selfie, died in Ludhiana on Sunday.

india Updated: May 03, 2016 18:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Amandeep Singh in another selfie.
Amandeep Singh in another selfie. (Photo: Family source)

A 15-year-old boy in Punjab’s Pathankot who allegedly shot himself with his father’s revolver while taking a selfie died in Ludhiana on Sunday.

Amandeep Singh, a student of Class 10 of Char Marla Quarter school, was purportedly attempting a selfie with his sister while putting a revolver on his head on Friday.

The gun went off, injuring Singh who was rushed to a private hospital. He was later moved to Apollo Hospital in Ludhiana.

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Singh’s body has been brought back to Pathankot and a post-mortem will be conducted, police said.

Several such incidents have been reported across the country of late. The Washington Post has reported that of at least 27 “selfie-related” deaths around the world last year, about half occurred in India.

In February, a teenager was run over and killed in Chennai as he tried to take a selfie in front of an oncoming train.

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In January, Mumbai Police moved to crack down on dangerous selfies after a man drowned trying to save a girl who fell into the sea while snapping one.

A man was seriously injured in April by an elephant when he tried to snap a selfie with the chained animal at a festival in Kerala in April.

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