A 23-year-old Prashant Chauhan in a case of ‘accidental’ firing is the second tragedy in his family in the last four years. Prashant was killed on Thursday evening after his cousin accidentally shot him with his father’s gun in south Delhi’s Sarita Vihar. The incident took place when Prashant’s cousin was posing with the licensed gun while the victim was trying to take his photograph.Prashant, a teacher in east Delhi’s Shahdara, was visiting the boy and his family when the accidental firing took place at the second-floor flat around 5.30 pm.
Police said the boy, who studies in Class XI, managed to get hold of his father’s pistol which was kept inside the house.
“Both started clicking photos and selfies with the pistol. At one point, as the victim was clicking photos of the boy with the pistol, the trigger got accidentally pulled and a bullet pierced him in the lower part of the left side of his chest,” said a police officer.
Police said before the shot, the victim had asked the boy to pose “James Bond style”. “On hearing the gunshot, the boy’s mother and sister rushed out of the house and saw the victim in a pool of blood. The mother called a neighbour and asked her son to call police,” said a relative of the dead.
The victim was rushed in a neighbor’s car to Apollo Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Police said they received a call from the hospital around 6.35 pm. The body has been taken for post-mortem.
Biswal said the police have registered a case under IPC Section 304 (Culpable homicide not amounting to murder). Cops are also investigating negligence on the part of the father. The pistol and empty cartridge were seized after the incident.
Freak accidents, where people are killed while taking selfies, have become common both in India and abroad. In September last year, a 50-year-old man was killed while trying to take a selfie with an elephant in Rourkela, Orissa. Early this year, a 25-year-old man in Telangana was hit by a train while trying to take a selfie.
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