Probing the shooting of a 13-year-old boy by another minor in the forest area near Kulkacherla, police on Tuesday said the two boys were in a ‘playful’ mood when the trigger of the unlicensed gun, belonging to the accused’s father, was pulled.
The accused and his father were reportedly taken into custody for questioning. Cops did not rule out family disputes, which could have led to the boy, Omkar’s killing on Monday.
According to preliminary investigation, the accused pointed the gun towards Omkar, and threatened to shoot at him. Omkar dared him to fire the gun, and accepting the challenge, the accused pulled the trigger, leading to the boy’s death.
Chevella DSP Shilpa Valli said the two boys, along with another boy from their village, Tirumalapur, went into the forests for hunting birds. The lone eye witness said there was no argument between Omkar and the other boy. “The accused threatened to shoot him playfully and Omkar dared him to do the same. After repeating the threat and counter threats, the accused pulled the trigger,” the witness reportedly told the police.
Both families are tribals and are daily wage workers.
A case was also registered against Ramulu, the accused’s father, for possessing an unlicenced weapon. A post-mortem was conducted and the boy’s body was handed over to the family.
Sources said the two accused and the witness was taken to the forest area, where the crime scene was reconstructed.