Playing a cop, kid kills for real

Accused stole a pistol from home, thinking it was a toy. He shot his friend twice in the head during a game of cops and robbers

Play turned to tragedy for a 10-year-old when his friend, playing a cop, shot him to death. The 13-year-old accused, Kamal (name changed), had unknowingly brought over a country-made pistol from his father's room and while playing police-thief, shot his friend who suffered two bullet injuries on his head and died on the spot. The incident was reported from the Khayala area of west Delhi.

Not a child's play: The victim, Chandan was 10 years old.

Additional CP (west) V Ranganathan said Kamal has been sent to an observation home in north Delhi, while his father Ramchander and his friend Mukesh have been arrested.

His father outside the DDU hospital, in New Delhi on Monday. Pics/Mid-Day

Toying with danger
Ranganathan said Ramchander and Kamal have been living in a rented accommodation in the area for the last three months. They are originally from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. The official said a few days ago Ramchander's friend Mukesh, also a resident of Azamgarh, had come to visit him.

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"Mukesh brought a country-made pistol from UP. Kamal saw him giving the pistol to Ramchander, who hid it in the clothes. Kamal thought it was a toy and stole it on Sunday," said the official.

The deadly game
After stealing the pistol, Kamal called his friend Chandan to play with him. They decided to play police-thief. They had been playing for almost 15 minutes when Kamal, who was playing the cop, aimed the pistol at Chandan and fired two shots.

"He didn't know the pistol was original. Chandan suffered two bullet wounds on his head and collapsed on the floor. Realising that Chandan was hurt, Kamal started screaming and broke into tears. Neighbours gathered at the spot and called the police. The victim was taken to DDU hospital but he was declared dead on arrival," said Ranganathan. The police filed an FIR of murder at Khayala police station and arrested Mukesh and Ramchander. "Mukesh is being interrogated by the police. Police are also checking his antecedents. We still don't know why he brought the pistol," he said.

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