Tuktuk’s family mourns his death at their Hanuman Nagar residence in Bokaro on Sunday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
Twelve-year-old Tuktuk Shahish (not Sharif as reported earlier), who was seriously injured when a CISF jawan accidentally shot at him during a firing practice at Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) grounds in Bokaro’s Sector XII on Saturday, succumbed to his bullet wound at 11.30am on Sunday.
Tuktuk’s death has triggered three independent investigations — one by Bokaro police, the other by the district administration and the third by CISF’s Kargali commandant Navneet Singh.
To begin with, police have lodged an FIR at Sector XII police station against unidentified men. Bokaro SP Jitendra Singh visited the firing range on Sunday morning and inspected the site.
“A proper inquiry will help find out the truth behind the incident and we will look into all aspects during the course of our investigation,” the SP said, refusing to divulge further details.
Soon after SP Singh visited the spot, Chas subdivisional officer (SDO) Shyam Narayan Ram also went to the site around 11am and took details of the incident from local villagers. He asked them whether the CISF men carried out the mandatory sanitisation of the area before launching their practice.
Asked to comment, commandant Singh said: “We will take necessary action against the guilty after conducting a proper inquiry into the incident. We are also exploring the legal aspects of providing compensation to family members of the deceased.”
JAP commandant Navin Kumar Sinha has handed over a cheque of Rs 25,000 to Tuktuk’s family members for his cremation. He has also promised Tuktuk’s elder brother Haradhan a sweeper’s job once he cleared his matriculation exams. Haradhan is studying in Class IX.
A resident of nearby Hanuman Nagar locality, Tuktuk had ventured into the firing range along with other friends to collect bullet shells when around 30 CISF men of Kargali were practising after taking necessary permission from JAP authorities.
Local residents said that some children belonging to humble backgrounds often ventured into the firing range to collect bullet shells that are sold at the rate of Rs 20 per 100gm in the local market.
But, they added, that proper announcement through loudspeakers and sanitisation of the area was never carried out as is mandatory.