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Minor shoots cousin while taking a selfie

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

In a freak accident, a 17-year-old boy accidentally pulled the trigger of a loaded pistol while taking a selfie and fired at his cousin in southeast Delhi’s Sarita Vihar area on Thursday evening. According to police, the deceased was identified as Prashant Chauhan (23). He was working as a teacher on a contractual basis.

Police said that Prashant Chauhan, a native of Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh recently shifted to Delhi.

His maternal uncle lived in Sarita Vihar and the deceased was a frequent visitor to his house. On Thursday evening Prashant had come to his uncle’s house to proceed for a wedding of a relative, family sources informed.

Confirming the incident, deputy commissioner of police (Southeast) Chinmoy Biswal said police received information on Thursday at around 6:35 p.m. from Apollo Hospital that a boy had sustained gunshot injury.”

Inquiry revealed that his 17-year-old cousin was taking selfies with a loaded pistol with him and accidentally pulled the trigger. “The pistol belonged to minor’s father Pramod Chauhan. At the time of the incident the minor boy’s father was out at work. He is a property dealer,” Biswal informed.

He said that on hearing a gunshot, family members rushed Prashant Chauhan to Apollo Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The DCP said a case had been registered under IPC and Arms Act. He claimed that the pistol from which the shot was fired had been recovered along with an empty cartridge shell. The minor boy was taken into custody on Friday, he added while mwntioning that that negligence on part of Pramod Chauhan was being investigated.