In yet another incident of celebratory firing culminating in a tragedy, a 30-year-old man was killed after he was accidentally hit by a bullet during a wedding ceremony at Nathupura village in North-West Delhi on Saturday. The culprit is yet to be identified.

The victim, Ranbir Singh, along with a large number of guests was walking up to the bride's house in a procession when one of the revellers fired a celebratory shot hitting Ranbir in the forehead. “A bleeding Ranbir was taken to Saroj Hospital in Rohini where he was declared brought dead. The hospital authorities informed the police about the incident,” said a senior police officer.

Ranbir, a resident of Tajpur village, was a relative of bridegroom. He was a farmer.

The officer, who is entrusted with the investigation into the case, said: “The guests at the ceremony are being questioned and the video footage of the ceremony is being scrutinised to establish the identity of the culprit. As there were only a few people carrying firearms at the wedding ceremony, it would not be long before we identify the culprit.”

Ranbir's brother Karambir said: “I got a call from one of the guests at the ceremony saying that Ranbir was shot in the forehead and was taken to the hospital. But he succumbed to his injuries before he could reach the hospital. The incident took place when the “baraatis” were dancing near the bride's house.”

A murder case has been registered at the Swaroop Nagar police station in this connection.

In a similar incident a month ago, Shivam (9) was killed when his father Prem Chand tried to dissuade two young guests from opening celebratory firing at a wedding in Jaffarpur. One of the guests, Satish, trained his gun at Prem Chand when he tried to stop him and fired a shot. The bullet missed the target and pierced the neck of Shivam who was standing near his father. The boy was declared brought dead at Rao Tula Ram Hospital. Satish and Praveen, who had also fired celebratory shots, were arrested.