Minor who shot himself while taking ‘selfie’ dies

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Filed on May 1, 2016

The schoolboy was playing at home with the licensed revolver which is normally kept in a wardrobe.

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A 15-year-old boy who sustained a bullet injury to his head while taking a selfie with his father’s revolver, died on Sunday at a hospital in Ludhiana district of the north Indian state of Punjab.
“The boy, (Ramandeep Singh) died today in a private hospital in Ludhiana. His body will be brought here and post- mortem will be carried out at civil hospital in Pathankot,” Pathankot Deputy Superintendent of Police (City) Manoj Kumar said today
The teenager had sustained a bullet injury while taking a selfie with his mobile phone with a .32 bore revolver pointed to his head. The gun went off accidentally.
With the bullet lodged in his head, the critically injured teen was shifted to a hospital in Ludhiana.
The revolver belonged to Ramandeep’s father Gurkirpal Singh, a property dealer.
Killer selfies
A teenager was run over and killed in the southern Indian city of Chennai in February as he tried to take a selfie in front of an oncoming train.
In January police in the western city of Mumbai moved to crack down on dangerous selfies after a man drowned trying to save a girl who fell into the sea while snapping one.
Police identified 16 dangerous selfie spots in Mumbai and asked the local council to erect warning signs and deploy lifeguards.
A man was seriously injured in April by an elephant when he tried to snap a selfie with the chained animal at a festival in Kerala, according to the Hindustan Times on Sunday.


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