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' Celebratory' firing at wedding kills MBA student.

A 23- YEAR- OLD MBA student was killed in ' celebratory firing' during a wedding in Ghaziabad late on Wednesday night.

The police said Amit Kumar Sharma had gone to attend the wedding of a classmate, Sohan Pal alias Sonu, in the Chipyana locality of Vijay Nagar. He was killed when a bullet fired from a pistol by the groom's uncle hit him.

At about 12.30 am, the varmala ritual was in progress when Sheesh Pal took out his pistol and fired into the air. The bullet hit Sharma, a fourth- semester management student at the ABES Engineering College on NH- 24, who was standing on the dais along with the groom.

The police said Pal has since been absconding but they are looking for him.

Sharma's friend, Mohit, was present near him at the time of the tragedy. He said, " The varmala was in progress when this man, who was down on the dance floor, fired his pistol.

The bullet pierced through Amit's temple." " We rushed him to Yashoda Hospital but they told us he was dead. From there, he was brought to the District MMG Hospital," Mohit said.

And he added about Pal: " The man who fired the gun was drunk." The station house officer at the Vijay Nagar police station, Sudhir Tyagi, said, " The accused Sheesh Pal fled from the scene shortly after committing the act.

He is yet to be arrested. A case has been registered against him under Section- 304- B of the Indian Penal Code." When contacted, inspector- general, Meerut range, Javed Akhtar, said, " Firing in weddings is banned. I shall check out this incident with the Ghaziabad police and know about the action taken. This is unacceptable" Sharma's family, meanwhile, was inconsolable.

His body arrived at his house at C- Block in Shastri Nagar on Thursday evening after post- mortem examination.

Sharma's sister, Richa, kept asking for ' brother while mother Sadhna said, " He was a charming and obedient boy. I had asked him to come back home soon but this time he did not listen to me." Firings in weddings have become a common phenomenon in Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar districts. Most such cases go unreported. They are brought to the notice of the police only when there is a casualty.

Social activist Rajendra Tyagi said, " Ammunition is issued only after entry on arms- licence book. But these days, it is given without checking, illegally and without making an entry." He added, " Before issuing ammunition, the use of previous bullets must be checked and an affidavit should be taken from the licence holder on cartridge use." " Proper records of ammunition need to be maintained," Tyagi added.

" Firings in weddings have become commonplace.

It is happening because of laxity of district administration," Tyagi said.

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Date:Dec 4, 2009
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