Boy killed in India in a celebratory firing at a wedding, groom among accused of causing death

A boy was killed during a celebratory firing at a wedding in India, with the groom named among four people responsible for his death. 

The victim, identified as Gaurav, 14, was killed when a member of the groom’s party opened fire in the air and the bullet hit the boy, killing him on the spot, according to police reports. 

The boy’s father, Jagdish, has has filed a police complaint, accusing the groom among four other people for being responsible for his son’s death at the wedding function in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida. 

The 14-year-old by, identified as Gaurav, was hit by a bullet which had been fired into the air during a wedding in India

The 14-year-old by, identified as Gaurav, was hit by a bullet which had been fired into the air during a wedding in India

The 14-year-old by, identified as Gaurav, was hit by a bullet which had been fired into the air during a wedding in India

The boy's father, identified as Jagdish, has named the groom among the four people responsible for his son's death at the wedding in Uttar Pradesh's Noida 

The boy's father, identified as Jagdish, has named the groom among the four people responsible for his son's death at the wedding in Uttar Pradesh's Noida 

The boy’s father, identified as Jagdish, has named the groom among the four people responsible for his son’s death at the wedding in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida 

Police official Ramsen Singh said: ‘A complaint has been filed and we are gathering video and other evidences based on which action will be taken.’

The tragic incident happened on the same day a Surat woman was killed in a celebratory firing while watching a wedding procession from her balcony. 

Savitriben Vadgujar, 47, was hit by a gunshot in the Varachha area of Surat and declared dead before she arrived at a government hospital. 

Police officials said: ‘She was watching the marriage procession passing by when some unidentified persons, who were part of the procession fired in celebration.’ 

‘A randomly-fired bullet hit Vadgujar on her face. She was seriously injured in the incident and rushed to the government hospital where she was declared brought dead,’ the official said. 

Police are still investigating how many bullet rounds were fired by the procession.

Celebratory firings are a common occurrence in South Asia, with similar deaths reported in other countries in recent years

Celebratory firings are a common occurrence in South Asia, with similar deaths reported in other countries in recent years

Celebratory firings are a common occurrence in South Asia, with similar deaths reported in other countries in recent years

In February this year, a bridegroom in New Delhi was killed by a stray bullet after someone from his wedding party opened fire and struck him as he led the party to his bride’s home.

In 2016 a groom in India was accidentally shot in the head by one of his wedding guests, but miraculously survived.   

Celebratory firings, known as ‘ghudchadhi’, are a common occurrence in countries across South Asia despite being banned. 

 

 

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