Monday, February 22, 2010

Celebratory Gunfire at Wedding Leads to Tragedy

21-year old Pankaj Kishore Karotia's new wife was waiting in the car. The couple was moments away from setting out on their honeymoon and their new life together when Karotia's uncle fired a celebratory shot from his licensed pistol. The bullet went astray, striking the young groom in the head and killing him.

The uncle was attempting to load his pistol when it went off prematurely. The uncle was arrested for culpable homicide. Authorities say gunfire has become increasingly common at lavish Indian weddings in recent years.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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