UP man kills rival in celebratory firing

Duo involved in dispute for years over property

Looking for an opportunity to settle old scores, a youth allegedly shot dead his rival in what was initially taken as ‘celebratory firing’ at a wedding ceremony in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district, about 90 kilometers from
here.

According to reports, the incident occurred at Beheda village in the district on Saturday, when the alleged culprit identified as Anup Kumar fired at Santosh Singh, also from the same village, killing him on the spot. Anup managed to escape after perpetrating the crime.

Initially it was understood as a celebratory firing as Anup had fired in the air before aiming Santosh, according to the eye witness accounts.

It later turned out that Santosh and Anup had been at daggers drawn for the past several years. The two had been involved in a dispute over some property and had altercations in the past as well, sources said.

Reports said that Anup had been looking for an opportunity to settle the scores. “He had arrived at the wedding function with a country made pistol”, the locals said.

A case has been registered by the police against Anup and a manhunt has been launched to nab him. Though celebratory firing has been banned in UP, there have been instances of firing by the wedding guests at the functions, especially in the rural areas.

Barely a few days ago, a teacher was killed for asking a youth not to dance on a popular Bollywood number with a ‘tamancha’ (country made pistol) in his hand at a wedding ceremony in UP’s Etah district.

The teacher Devendra Kumar, who was shot in the chest in full public view, was rushed to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.

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