A tiff between two children over a ball led to the shooting of a seven-year-old boy in Titagarh, on the city’s northern fringes, late on Tuesday.
Rahul Giri was shot in front of his parents, all of whom were called out of their home by the two assailants. The killers, one of them the brother of a girl named Guria with whom the boy had a tiff, are still at large.
Rahul was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead.
The families of Rahul and Guria are neighbours at the Enco Jute Mill colony, around 22km from the heart of the city.
“The two children were playing in separate groups on a ground in the locality on Tuesday afternoon. A tennis ball the girl’s group was playing with entered the area where the boy’s group was playing. This led to a tiff between the two and Rahul allegedly pushed Guria,” said a police officer.
On reaching home, Guria, about the same age as Rahul, told her parents and brother about the fight. Mohammad Imran, 18, Guria’s brother, and a friend went to the boy’s house at 10.30pm. The duo called Rahul and her parents out. Soon an altercation started between the two groups and Imran’s friend shot the boy.