A 19-year-old student was killed after his flatmate accidentally fired a shot at him while trying to enact a movie scene. The pistol from which the shot was fired belongs to a Delhi Police constable, who also shares the apartment with the two students and had reportedly gone to the washroom leaving the pistol on his bed.
The incident was reported from the S Block of East Delhi’s Shakarpur area on Saturday night. The dead has been identified as Raghvendra Singh from Baliya in eastern Uttar Pradesh. He was pursuing a BCom degree at Amity University in Noida.
The roommate who fired the shot was named as Shashank Kumar, a student at South Delhi College. The Delhi Police constable, Robin, is posted in Shakarpur police station.
Kumar was arrested from the spot. A negligence inquiry against Robin has been started for having left a service weapon unattended.
According to the police, Raghvendra Singh and Shashank Kumar returned home from tuition classes and went straight to Robin’s room.
Robin, who had also just returned home after duty, was in the washroom when the youths entered his room.
Shashank took the gun and pointed it at Raghvendra’s temple in a mock shooting. He reportedly delivered a dialogue and pressed the trigger. Since the weapon was unlocked, a shot was fired and hit Raghvendra.
Hearing the shot, Robin reportedly rushed out and snatched the pistol from Shashank. Raghvendra’s cousin, Vipin, who had come to visit him and was in the balcony when the shot was fired, also rushed in.
Robin then called their other flatmate, Surendra, also a Delhi Police constable, who then made a PCR call. Shashank, Vipin, Robin and Surendra then rushed Raghvendra to AIIMS Trauma Centre. He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning.
Raghvendra had come to Delhi last year to start university. He was also taking coaching classes for charted accountancy along with Shashank and both used to travel to Laxmi Nagar for the tuition.
Neighbour Alok said, “We heard a loud thud and then saw these boys running down. They were living in the area for the past two years but we never saw them fighting. The incident is just unfortunate.”
“We have arrested the accused in the matter and a case of murder has been registered against them. An inquiry against the constable has also been initiated,” joint commissioner for eastern range, Sanjay Beniwal, said.