Stray Bullet Kills Teen in Indian Groom Party

Published December 14th, 2018 - 02:00 GMT

A boy has been killed by celebratory gunfire at a wedding in India - with the groom accused of being among four responsible for his death.

The 14-year-old, identified as Gaurav, died on the spot when he was hit by a bullet fired by a member of the groom's party, according to police reports.

The boy's father, Jagdish, filed a police complaint naming the groom among the four people responsible for his son's death at the wedding function 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 incident happened on the same day a Surat woman was killed by celebratory gunfire while watching a wedding procession from her balcony.


Savitriben Vadgujar, 47, was hit during a ceremony 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.

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.


This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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