Six-year-old accidentally shoots younger sister

July 1st, 2008 - 2:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, July 1 (IANS) A six-year-old boy accidentally shot his three-year-old sister dead while they were playing with their father’s licensed gun at their home in Chhattisgarh’s Durg district, police said Tuesday. The tragic incident took place Monday evening in Borenda village in Durg, around 75 km from here.

“The boy Harsh pressed the trigger of a 12-bore loaded gun that he took out from a shelf while playing with his sister. He had no idea that the gun was real and loaded,” District Superintendent of Police Dipanshu Kabra told IANS.

The bullet hit his sister Khushi in the head and she died on the spot, he said.

Harsh and his sister were alone at home when the gun went off as their parents were away attending a religious function in the neighbourhood.

“We have registered a case under section 174 of the CrPC (criminal procedure code) and are investigating the matter. A post-mortem of the girl was carried out,” Kabra said.

“The gun was licensed and issued in the name of Harsh’s father, Jai Singh Thakur, a farmer. We think the unfortunate incident happened due to the parent’s negligence,” the officer said. “No arrest has been made so far,” he added.

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