A 14-year-old boy was accidentally injured after he got shot in an alleged celebratory firing by an unidentified person on Wednesday night in Ranhaula area. Police said the victim was out of danger and is now undergoing treatment at a hospital.
According to the police, the incident took place on Wednesday night when a few people had gathered in Mohan Garden Park near Tilak Enclave for some celebrations. While the celebrations were on, locals heard a gunshot. Search revealed that a 14-year-old had lying unconscious and was bleeding, after being hit by the bullet fired.
He was then taken to a hospital where his condition was said to be stable by Thursday evening,” said a senior police officer.
Police said that based on the child’s parents’ statement, a case under section 326 of the Arms Act (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at Ranhaula Police Station.
A senior officer said, “The piece of bullet that hit the minor in the neck, had apparently rebounded after the bullet hit the floor. It was not aimed at him, or shot on purpose. We have found a bullet mark on the road and the bullet itself was found ten to twenty metres away from the mark.”
However, police are probing it further. “We are interrogating people who were present in the park at the time of the incident. No one has shared any doubt or suspicion. The victim was also asked if he had any argument or tiff with anyone,” said the police.
On September 13, acting on the PIL of a tea vendor who lost his daughter to celebratory firing, the Delhi High Court Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal had directed the government to “notify an effective policy” within three months to check the culturally-accepted menace of celebratory gunfire, after considering the suggestions put forth by his advocate Akash Vajpai.
The Arms Act, 1959, says that arms should not be used as weapon of assault or as status symbol. It should be used as weapon for self-defence.
- In 2016, Haryana govt issued prohibitory orders banning celebratory firing. In 2012, the Allahabad HC passed an order restraining the use of arms in celebratory firing.