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Teen dies in celebratory firing at wedding

Dharmendra Kumar,18,was carrying a light on his shoulder and walking next to the groom’s horse-drawn carriage in Gurgaon when a celebratory shot fired from the carriage accidentally struck his face on Thursday night.

Written by Zahid Rafiq | New Delhi |
February 13, 2010 12:33:20 am

Dharmendra Kumar,18,was carrying a light on his shoulder and walking next to the groom’s horse-drawn carriage in Gurgaon when a celebratory shot fired from the carriage accidentally struck his face on Thursday night.

Kumar,who collapsed on the road,died a few hours later in hospital.

A resident of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh,Dharmendra had come to work in the Capital last week — he had found employment with a tenthouse agency,Krishna Light and Bhaggi,in Gurgaon.

The accused is a relative of the groom and fled immediately after the incident,the police said on Friday. The police have registered a case but no one has been arrested yet.

The incident took place around 10.30 pm,when Manoj Kumar,the groom,was going from Luhari to the bride’s home in Ghamroj with his relatives.

According to witnesses,Kumar’s brother-in-law Pawan Singh climbed on the carriage to fire a shot in the air. The bullet from the 12-bore double-barrel gun,however,hit Dharmendra.

The teen was taken to Sai Hospital in the area by co-workers but he succumbed to injuries during treatment.

The police said the gun belongs to one Awadesh Kumar,a security agent at Central Park,an apartment complex in Sohna,near Gurgaon. Kumar was also in the wedding procession.

“The accused,Pawan Singh,is a security supervisor at the same complex — the two are said to be friends,” an officer said.

Awdesh Kumar is absconding as well.

“We sent police teams to their homes,but they were not there,” the officer said.

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