Mathura: 8-year-old dies in cross-firing between police, criminals; two constables suspended

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to boy's family.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 18, 2018 5:16 pm
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to his family.

A day after an eight-year-old boy died in cross-firing between police and a gang of criminals in Mathura, ANI Thursday reported that two constables, Saurabh Sharma and Udham Singh, have been suspended for failing to immediately attend to the boy after he was struck by a stray bullet. Police said the boy, identified as Madhav, was playing in a nearby park when a bullet fired by the gangsters hit him.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to his family, said Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar, adding that an inquiry has been ordered into the incident by IG, Agra Range, Raja Shrivastav.

Circle Officer (CO), Mathura, Vinay Chauhan, said, “Acting on information that an accused, Manoj, who was involved in a loot case last week, was at Mohanpur village, a police team rushed to spot. Seeing the police, the group opened fire and the team fired back in retaliation. A bullet fired by the assailants hit the boy on the head. He was playing near the spot. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died.”

The CO further said that the gang managed to escape and that the bullet that hit Madhav, who was from a family of farmers, came from the gang’s end.

With inputs from ENS

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  1. R
    Jan 19, 2018 at 3:43 am
    It is high time India trains police and army to the most modern standards. When I speak to cops in India, I am actually scared. While in US, you feel confident to see the cops. Huge difference. And it is all in how they are trained. These types of incidences can be easily avoided with proper training. And in the end the gang got away? How and why?
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      1. יִםךטאַרןמןאט
        Jan 18, 2018 at 9:38 pm
        An eight year old innocent victim of illegal encounter policy of the Hindu Taliban Government.
        1. P
          Jan 19, 2018 at 2:00 am
          Bullet was fired by real Taliban purposefully to kill kafir boy and kafir police but police escaped.