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Selfie with gun turns fatal for 23-year-old

New Delhi: A 23-year-old teacher was accidentally shot dead while he was taking a selfie with his minor cousin, who was posing with the gun, in south east Delhi's Sarita Vihar area on Thursday evening.
Delhi Police claimed that the deceased was trying to take photographs with his cousin holding the pistol, when the firing took place from the hand of his the 17-year-old boy.
According to police, the deceased was identified as Prashant Chauhan, a native of village Pali in Bagpat district of Uttar Pradesh.
He was working as a teacher on contract basis at a school in Shahdara.
Police claimed that the incident was reported on March 8 at 6.35 pm, when police team received an information that Prashant was admitted to a nearby with a gunshot injury.
The incident took place when Prashant had gone to his aunt's house in Sarita Vihar.
At the house, his minor cousin – who is reported to be a student of Class XI – had managed to procure his father's pistol, kept at his house, for taking a selfie.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said on Friday that after inquiry, it came to light revealed that Prashant sustained a fatal injury after gunshot by his cousin, who lives in Sarita Vihar.
"The gunshot occurred when they were trying to take a selfie while holding the pistol. The gun license is in the name of Promod Chauhan, the father of juvenile. Promod, who works as a property dealer, had gone outside for his work when the incident took place," said the DCP.
A senior police officer claimed that as soon as they heard the gunshot, the family members took Prashant to the nearby Apollo Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Police have taken legal action under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code, with the apprehension of the juvenile accused occurring in the night.
"Moreover, negligence on the part of the father (the license holder of weapon) will be investigated as per the law and a case will be registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and under section 30 of the Arms Act. The used pistol, lead and empty khol have been seized," said the police officer.
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