Indian lady killed by ‘celebratory gunshots’ at marriage party

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Ms Arora was 22 years old

Indian police have arrested a man who allegedly shot passed his neighbour by mistake at a pre-wedding party.

Ashok Khosla fired shots into the air on Saturday to applaud his daughter’s arriving wedding, police say.

Neighbour Sakshi Arora, 22, was on her patio when a bullet hit her in the forehead, killing her on the spot, Punjab police told the BBC.

Several people have been killed by “celebratory gunfire” at weddings in northern India in new years.

Police have arrested Mr Khosla, the father of the bride, and contend the bullet came from his revolver during the party in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur.

They have also lodged a case against his crony Ashok Sethi, who allegedly fired a rifle.

“The accused were not veteran shooters and they should have famous it [the bullet] can hit anyone,” a police orator said

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This is not the first time someone has been killed incidentally in supposed “celebratory firings” during weddings in Indian states such as Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

While several such incidents start any year, it is misleading how many people have been killed or harmed since of them.

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Manoj Dhaka

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Sadhvi Deva Thakur (left) allegedly fired celebratory shots at a marriage in Nov 2016, killing one guest

In Nov 2016, one marriage guest died and 3 others were critically harmed when a lady started sharpened while she was on the dance floor.

In Dec 2016, a 25-year-old dancer was allegedly shot passed by a dipsomaniac man while she was behaving at a wedding. Several guest were reportedly banishment into the air that evening.

In Nov 2017, an eight-year-old child was killed by purported celebratory shots at a marriage function.

Celebratory gunfire – a show of machismo and standing – is not cramped to India. It’s also common in Afghanistan and tools of the Middle East, Balkans and elsewhere.

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