Boy shoots himself in head while taking selfie in India

Patna: A teenage boy in Bihar died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while taking a selfie with his father’s licenced rifle. The victim’s father is a contractor and is said to be associated with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

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Police said the victim Himanshu Kumar, a resident of Gopalganj district, picked up his father’s rifle and was posing for a selfie with the firearm at home on Friday evening when he accidentally pulled the trigger. Hearing the gunshot, the family members rushed to the spot and found him lying in a pool of blood. He was immediately rushed to the local hospital when he succumbed to his injuries on Friday.

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“The family members said the boy was killed while taking a selfie with his father’s rifle. We are investigating the case,” local police station in-charge Dinesh Kumar Yadav said. He said one empty cartridge had been recovered from the spot.

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According to family members, the victim was preparing for a competitive exam at Kota town, known as the coaching city, in Rajasthan and had returned to his home after the coaching institute got shut due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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The deadly fads for selfies with firearms, running trains and along turbulent rivers have claimed many lives in Bihar in recent months.

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In August last, two youths were killed when they fell on a railway track and were run over by a speeding train.

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In another incident, a 22-year-old youth was electrocuted after he came in contact with high tension live wires while taking selfies atop a stationary goods train in Muzaffarpur district.

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Similarly, two engineering students met watery graves while taking selfies along the bank of Ganga river in Bhagalpur district.

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