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Indian teen’s ‘selfie shot’ with a revolver proves fatal

This is not the first instance of its kind in a country which has become notorious for selfie-related deaths

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Ramandeep Singh, a 15-year-old Indian boy, accidentally shot and killed himself with his father’s revolver while taking a selfie, triggering an outcry on social media over repeated mishaps of this kind. The incident took place in Punjab’s city of Ludhiana on Friday.

With bullet stuck in his head, critically injured Singh was shifted to a hospital in the city where he succumbed to his injuries, The Indian Express reported. According to the report, Ramandeep was trying to take a selfie on his mobile phone with the licensed .32 bore revolver while pointing the weapon to his head, Pathankot Deputy Superintendent of Police (City) Manoj Kumar said.

The revolver belonged to Ramandeep’s father who is a property dealer. The event sparked outraged, especially on social media, as people reacted angrily over how such a thing could be allowed to happen.

Not so uncommon

This is not the first instance of its kind in a country which has become notorious for selfie-related deaths. According to a Washington Post report, more people died taking selfies in India in 2015 than anywhere else in the world. Of at least 27 “selfie-related” deaths around the world last year, about half occurred in India, reports show, the report said.

Reports suggest that selfie-related deaths have continued in 2016 as well, with two people dying in Mumbai by drowning. Mumbai police then identified 16 ‘no-selfie zones’ in the city to combat the menace. The teens had apparently bunked their colleges and were visiting the site for the first time.

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