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8-year-old boy killed in celebratory firing in UP’s Kasganj district 

The reckless use of firearms at weddings has led to another death in Uttar Pradesh. This time an eight-year-old boy was shot in the head as he stood watching celebrations by a bridegroom’s friends and relatives.

lucknow Updated: Apr 30, 2017 20:55 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Agra
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Relatives consoling Babu Khan, the father of eight-year-old Rehan who was killed in celebratory firing in Kasganj district. (HT PHOTO)

Celebratory gunfire claimed yet another life, this time in in Sujawalpur village of Kasganj district, about 100 km from the city of Taj when an eight-year-old boy succumbed to gunshot wounds on Sunday.

Rehan was hit by a bullet in the head when he was watching celebrations in a nearby house where the bridegroom’s party was leaving for Delhi for the marriage of Muzammil, a resident of the village.

The boy was rushed to the community health centre (CHC) from where he was referred to the district hospital in Kasganj. However, the child’s condition deteriorated and he succumbed later.

Saira Bano, mother of deceased lodged an FIR at Ganjdundwada police station against Kallu, Nooran, Momin and Narool and their other unidentified relatives who were allegedly involved in the firing.

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She also alleged that despite her son being hit, the bridegroom’s party showed no concern and proceeded to the wedding.

“We got the information about the incident from community health centre (CHC) and reached the district hospital. Those named in the FIR have gone to Delhi with the ‘baarat’, which is to return after the marriage. Efforts are being made to nab the named persons,” stated Suresh Chandra, in-charge of Ganjdundwada police station in Kasganj.

The boy’s father Babu Khan is a rickshaw puller. The latest casualty has once again underlined the danger of celebratory firings at weddings.

First Published: Apr 30, 2017 20:54 IST