Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Uttar Pradesh: 8-year-old killed in crossfire between police and robber

Uttar Pradesh: 8-year-old killed in crossfire between police and robber

A young 8-year-old has been killed with a bullet what is said to be an encounter with criminals at a village in UP's Mathura yesterday evening. The boy was playing with four of his friends in front of his house. However, it was not clear if the bullet that hit Madhav was sacked from a police weapon or one used by the criminals. Though the police said that there was an exchange of fire, the villagers have denied it.

The incident occurred when three police personnel reached the village Mohanpura after getting information that some criminals accused of being involved in a recent case of looting were spotted somewhere nearby, said the Times of India report.

Madhav Bhardwaj, who was playing near the orchard, was hit by a bullet in his head. "I froze for a moment".

The police team reportedly tried to negotiate with the alleged criminals but they started firing which led to the encounter. One of the cops took the child into his lap and ran towards a crossing.

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Shiv Shankar, Madhav's grandfather told The Hindu: "The tragedy happened in no time". Madhav later succumbed to his injury.

SSP of Mathura said that on the complaint by the boy's family, investigation will be conducted and action will be taken if policemen are found guilty. "He died immediately after treatment began", Prashant Agyani, hospital's public relations officer said.

Adityanath has also sanctioned a financial aid of Rs 5 lakh to the bereaved family from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. "The body of the child has been sent for postmortem, to identify who initiated the firing", Swapnil told reporters. According to the latest figure, 33 criminals have been gunned down and 196 others wounded in 900 encounters across the state since the Yogi Adityanath government took over in March a year ago.

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