Celebratory firing kills groom in UP

Celebratory firing kills groom in UP

Altar to grave

Celebratory firings continue to claim lives in Uttar Pradesh despite a ban.

Firing by guests during a wedding ceremony claimed the life of the groom in Sitapur district, about 90 km from here, late on Wednesday night. Taking a serious view of the incident, the government suspended the in-charge of the Kotwali police station in the district.

Sources said the groom, Amit Kumar, who was riding a horse, was hit in the head by a bullet fired by the guests as soon as the wedding party reached the venue.   

Amit succumbed to injuries even before reaching the hospital. Police have seized the video footage of the incident to ascertain if Amit was deliberately shot or whether it was an accidental firing, sources said. “Prima facie it seems to be a case of death in celebratory firing,” said a police officer.

Barely a few days ago, a 14-year-old boy was killed in celebratory firing in Baghpat district, about 500 km from here. The boy, identified as Furkan, was hit by a bullet fired by the guests during a marriage ceremony at Binauli village in the district.      The incidents come within days of the death of an eight-year-old boy who was killed after being hit by a bullet fired by Samajwadi Party supporters, who were celebrating victory of one of their party nominees in the elections for Block Pramukh in Shamli district. Earlier too, there have been several deaths in the state in firing during functions and victory processions of politicians.