An eight-year-old boy has suffered critical bullet injuries while allegedly posing for a selfie with a country-made pistol in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district on Monday late. While relatives claim a neighbour allegedly opened fire at the boy after he denied buying cigarettes.
Superintendent of Police Ghaziabad Dehat told News Nation, “We are investigating the case in all angles.”
He added that they have arrested one Shadab and questioning him in connection to the incident.
According to an eyewitness, the victim along with his friend was playing with a country-made pistol when it got triggered.
“The bullet struck the boy’s head,” said an eyewitness.
Police said the minor was rushed to a local hospital for medical attention from where he was later shifted to GTB hospital in Delhi.
A police official not willing to be quoted said, “According to an eyewitness, Junaid borrowed the lethal weapon from one of their neighbours Shadab alias and Kale. The kid along with two others were taking selfies when the pistol got triggered.”
However, parents of Junaid have lodged an FIR with Mussoorie police station. In the FIR they have mentioned that Shadab had asked Junaid to buy cigarettes. Shadab allegedly shot the minor after being denied.
(With inputs from Himanshu Sharma)