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Woman shoots herself while taking selfie

News Desk || risingbd.com

Published: 16:13, 24 July 2021  
Woman shoots herself while taking selfie

A 26-year-old woman in Hardoi died of a gunshot wound while trying to click a selfie with a single-barrel gun of her father-in-law on Thursday night, reports socialjasoos.com.

The incident took place when the gun, which was loaded and the unsuspecting woman placed her finger on the trigger to pose for the selfie, went off. The bullet hit the victim woman Radhika Gupta on her neck and she was rushed to hospital where the doctors pronounced her dead on arrival.

The victim‘s father-in-law, Rajesh Gupta, told police that Radhika was married to his son Akash Gupta in May 2021.

The victim’s father however has expressed apprehension of foup play and lodged a police complaint in this regard.

“We have a small jewelry business in the town. On Thursday, around 3 pm, my son Akash brought back our 12-bore single-barrel gun that was submitted to the local police station during panchayat elections,” said Gupta, “the gun was kept in the second-floor room where Radhika was trying to click selfie while holding it.”

“Around 4 pm, we heard the gunshot and ran upstairs to find that Radhika was hit by the bullet and rushed her to the nearest hospital where she succumbed to injuries. The phone’s camera was found switched on in selfie mode,” Gupta told police.

SHO, Shahabad, Shivshankar Singh, said that the 12-bore single-barrel gun and mobile phone of the victim have been seized and sent for forensic examination. “We have also recovered a photo of the victim with the gun, said to be clicked seconds before she was dead,” said, SHO Singh.

The body has been sent for post-mortem examination to be performed by a panel of doctors. “We have noticed only a gunshot on the body and prima facie no signs of scuffle were found on the victim’s body,” said the SHO.

Police said that Akash was also interrogated who said that his wife got too excited seeing the gun. “She had already taken photos with the gun, but she wanted more. Hence, during another selfie attempt the trigger got pressed,” he said.

SHO Singh also said that the father of victim woman, Rakesh, has expressed apprehension of a foul play in the case and lodged a complaint of dowry death in the local police station.

A senior officer said that forensic experts will be asked to probe the case and if the need arises, then the crime scene would be recreated.