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Selfie with toy gun: Schoolboy shot by police in Faisalabad dies

June 23, 2015

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A schoolboy who was shot at and injured by police in Faisalabad for taking selfies with a toy pistol died of excessive bleeding. — Reuters/File
A schoolboy who was shot at and injured by police in Faisalabad for taking selfies with a toy pistol died of excessive bleeding. — Reuters/File

FAISALABAD: A schoolboy who was shot at and injured by police in Faisalabad Monday for taking selfies with a toy pistol died of excessive bleeding.

On Monday, police had opened fire and injured two schoolboys who were taking pictures with a toy pistol on Faisalabad's Susan road.

Take a look: Two schoolboys injured by police

The boys, identified as Farhan, 15, and Fahad,14, were reportedly taking pictures to post them on Facebook with a toy pistol when Faryad Husain, the station house officer (SHO) of Peoples Colony, opened fire on them without any warning.

Both the boys were injured and taken to the district headquarters (DHQ) hospital by police who reportedly escaped after realising that they had made a mistake and that the boys were not armed robbers.

Farhan, whose condition was critical, died of excessive bleeding late on Monday night.

His body was shifted to a mortuary for a post-mortem examination. Following completion of the post-mortem, the body was handed over to family members.

A murder case was registered against SHO Faryad Husain and four other policemen.

Meanwhile, City Police Officer Afzal Kausar constituted a committee — comprising SSP Investigation Faisalabad, SP Madina Town and SP Lyalpur Town — to probe into the killing and submit a report within 24 hours.

The injured Fahad told reporters that Farhan and he were taking pictures when the SHO reached there along with his subordinates and opened fire on them immediately after leaving his vehicle.

Police said the SHO received a call that some armed robbers were looting people on the Susan Road. When police reached the spot, the armed men opened fire on police which was retaliated. Two robbers, including Farhan Iftikhar of Peoples Colony, sustained injuries while their accomplice managed to escape, police alleged.