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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.

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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.

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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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First published on: 13-02-2010 at 12:33:20 am

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