LUCKNOW: A woman, 22, sustained a serious injury after she was shot in her face by a man as she stopped dancing at a wedding ceremony in Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh last Saturday.
A case of attempt to murder has been registered by the police and two persons were arrested in connection with the case on Friday.
The dancer received the bullet in her jaw and two others sustained pellet injuries during firing at the function held to celebrate the wedding of the daughter of village head Sudhir Singh Patel at village Tikra under Mau police station area on November 30, said Chitrakoot SP Ankit Mittal.
A woman dancer was shot because she stopped dancing at a wedding function of a Gram Pradhan's daughter in UP's Chitrakoot. Despite video footage Police has not arrested the culprit. There has been no outrage since incident happened in a BJP-ruled state.pic.twitter.com/6JM0nncEcc— Rofl Republic (@i_theindian) December 6, 2019
Hina was rushed to a hospital where her condition was stated to be out of danger, he said. Those who fired the shots were identified as Sudhir Singh and Phool Singh and were arrested on Friday, he added.
The chilling incident came to light following a video of the shooting went viral on social media. In the clip, the dancer is seen dancing on the stage with co-performers when a gun-wielding man shot at her.
“We were dancing when a man asked us to stop. As we were waiting on the stage, suddenly the man (accused) aimed directly at Hina and fired a shot. She was hit in the chin,” said a co-performer of the injured dancer. She alleged that the shooter was the relative of the Village Pradhan.
The victim was immediately rushed to a local hospital and was then referred to the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow.
As per the sources, the groom’s side had reportedly invited dancers from Hamirpur for performance at the wedding. During the function, the accused climbed up on the stage began celebratory firing with his country made pistol.
As the women stopped their performance when asked to do so by someone, the accused warned Hina of firing if she stopped dancing. In the video, a man can be heard appealing to the accused to stop threatening and actually shooting. The next moment Hina was shot.