Boy, 8, killed during police-criminal encounter in Mathura

Elias Hubbard
January 18, 2018

The victim, identified as Madhav, a nursery student.The boy was playing with four of his friends in front of his house when the encounter took place. The boy was playing outside his home when the incident happened.

Police said they went into the boy´s village on a tip-off that suspected robbers were hiding out there, and it was unclear who fired the bullet that struck him.

Shiv Shankar, the grandfather of the child, has denied the presence of criminals in the village, and said even though he had denied the presence of outlaws, the police opened fire. Madhav Bhardwaj received a bullet in his head during the encounter by the Uttar Pradesh police in Mohanpura village.

However, the minor's family said no crossfire occurred, and the police began firing at the criminals and that is when a stray bullet hit the boy, according to Times of India report.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered his condolences to the family and compensation of 500,000 rupees ($7,835).

However, the news of Madhav being shot at soon reached his family and he was rushed to the hospital for treatment, where he ultimately succumbed to his wound.

The grandfather of the boy alleged that police didn't even take the boy to the hospital. One of the cops took the child into his lap and ran towards a crossing.

Taking cognisance of the matter, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had sought a detailed report from the UP government in November previous year, News18 had reported.

Since the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government took over in Uttar Pradesh a year ago, at least 32 people have been killed in over 900 encounters. At least 212 policemen have also been injured in the face-offs.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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