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Delhi Man Fires Celebratory Shots In Air, Bullet Kills 8-year-old Son

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

A 42-year-old man was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly shot dead his eight-year-old son in a celebratory firing in northeast Delhi's New Usmanpur, police said. The incident comes days after a woman architect died when a former JD(U) leader fired celebratory shots in the air during a New Year's Eve party at his farmhouse in Fatehpur Beri. The child was hit by a bullet on his right cheek during the celebratory firing, a senior police officer said. He was rushed to a hospital but he died, a police officer said.

"During investigation, the child's father emerged as the prime suspect," Atul Kumar Thakur, Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast), said.

The accused later confessed that he had taken the firearm from a man in Uttar Pradesh. He fired in the air and the bullet accidentally hit his son who was present at the celebration, police added.

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Last year, three persons including a disc jockey (DJ) was arrested in Delhi for firing at two people after a fight broke out over song selection and requests to play a song repeatedly, police said. According to the police, the incident occurred on Sunday night around 10.24 pm at a family function in west Delhi's Palam Village.

Shanky Bhardwaj (23) and his cousin brother Tushar Bhardwaj (16) insisted Akshay, the DJ, to play the song 'Tamanche Pe Disco...' repeatedly, which led to a fight between them, a police officer had said.

"When the police team reached the spot, they found the cousin brothers Shanky and Tushar lying in a pool of blood on the floor. They were taken to a hospital in Dwarka where they are undergoing treatment and their condition is out of danger as declared by the doctors,"Deputy Commissioner of Police Devender Arya said.

The accused persons were identified as DJ Akshay (19), his employers Sanjay Sharma (29) and his brother Ashish Sharma (23). They were arrested on Monday from their hideouts in west Delhi in separate police raids informed Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi range) Ajay Choudhary said. 

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(With inputs from PTI)