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Four­teen-year-old boy, shot in the neck dur­ing cel­e­bra­tory fir­ing, is un­der­go­ing treat­ment in a hospi­tal in Delhi

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.

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