Bareilly: A middle-aged man allegedly shot a 10-year-old girl when she asked him if the gun he was carrying was real or a toy in Paltha village of Sambhal district on Tuesday evening.
Police arrested the accused man and sent him to jail on Wednesday and the injured minor girl is undergoing treatment in a hospital.
According to the report published in the Times of India, the victim’s father, Ajay Pal Maurya, and mother were working in the fields when the girl and her brother were playing in a nearby ground.
The accused identified as Vidya Ram shot the minor girl when she asked if the gun he was carrying was a toy following which he aimed the gun at her and pulled the trigger. The bullet injured the girl’s right hand and stomach.
The victim’s mother named Maurya rushed to the spot to find his daughter lying on the ground while the accused had fled. The victim was shifted to a community hospital nearby where she is undergoing treatment. The doctors said that the girl is out of danger.
Brijendra Singh, station house officer, Kurh Fatehgarh, said that after the girl’s father filed a complaint, the police started a search operation to catch the accused.
Police traced the accused at a barber shop at Khataita tri-junction area on a tip-off. On reaching the shop, the police arrested the accused and seized his gun.
An FIR has been lodged against Ram under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).