An eight-year-old boy was killed when a teenager accidentally pulled the trigger of a rifle inside a house in Kishtwar district of Indian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday.
The boys were playing when 13-year-old Ravi Kumar, whose father is an India backed gunman, started fiddling with the .303 rifle of his father at remote Churyana village of Drabshalla in the evening.
Reports said the rifle went off and a bullet hit the minor boy, Amit Kumar, causing his instant death.
Ravi’s father is a Village Defence Committee member. VDCs were first setup in the mid-1990s in the Chenab Valley area of Kashmir by Indian government for the self-defence of Hindus even though there have not been targeted by the insurgents. They consist of villagers as well as police officers. As of 2019, the Kashmir police set up new VDCs in Kishtwar which has over 3,251 members out of which 800 are armed.