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Playing with air gun, 2 men accidentally shoot 10-year-old

The mindless birthday party revelries of two air-gun toting youths have severely injured a 10-year-old boy. The Dombivli police arrested the youths yesterday, after a stray pellet from the air gun they were playing with struck the boy in his chest.

According to the police, the youths were shooting at dogs when a pellet accidentally hit the boy, who started bleeding. He has now been admitted to AIMS hospital in Dombivli.


Lethal weapon: API Arun Ghatge displays the air gun that the two accused were playing with when they accidentally shot the little boy from UP. pics/Navneet Barhate

The victim, Rohit Ramesh Singh, is a Std V student from Uttar Pradesh and had come to visit his father in Dombivli. He was scheduled to leave on Thursday. Rohit’s father Ramesh Ratan Singh (49) manages a petrol pump in Ghatkopar.

Ritesh alias Bunty Chandrakant Pavase (20), a Std XI dropout and a resident of Kopargaon in Dombivli (East), was celebrating the birthday of his friend Deepak Patil (20) with another friend, Rakesh Bane (20).

Bane had an air gun with him. “To impress the others, Bane brought the gun to the birthday party at Kopargaon, and started shooting pellets at dogs,” said Assistant Police Inspector Arun Gatge of the Vishnu Nagar police station.

“Bane missed the dogs, but one of the pellets pierced Rohit’s chest,” said Gatge.

Rohit started bleeding profusely, and was rushed to the AIMS hospital in Dombivli. Doctors have told the family that they can’t remove the pellet surgically, but will have to dissolve it with medicines.

“We have booked Bane and Pavase under Section 336 (endangering the life of others) and Section 337 of the IPC (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others),” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Kalyan and Dombivli region) Manoj Patil.

Bane has completed his diploma from Jondhale Polytechnic in Dombivli.  

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