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Celebratory firing at Jadeja’s marriage: Gujarat top cop says it’s lesser than UP

Gujarat in-charge DGP PP Pandey on Monday termed as a “minor issue” the celebratory firing at the wedding ceremony of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, saying in his home state of Uttar Pradesh such practice is common. He added that at least 100 rounds are fired in every marriage.

“It’s a minor issue. I am from UP. Hundred to two hundred rounds are fired in every marriage there,” Pandey said.

The 27-year-old left-handed batsman tied the knot with Riva Solanki on Sunday in Rajkot, where a reveller opened celebratory firing in the air.

Pandey had taken over from outgoing DGP PC Thakur on Saturday, after the latter was transferred to New Delhi on a Central deputation as Director General Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.

The police had on Sunday initiated an inquiry after a reveller shot several rounds in the air in Jadeja’s marriage procession. Nobody was injured in the incident.

The incident occurred when a reveller, apparently a relative of Jadeja, who was within a few feet of the horse-mounted cricketer, fired in air from his revolver. The police had said it's illegal to use even licensed firearms except in cases of self-defence.
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