LAHORE - A five-year-old boy was killed during aerial firing at a wedding party in Kahna police precincts on Saturday.

The boy, identified as Shahzaib, was playing outside his house in Dhalloki village when the participants of a Barat ceremony resorted to aerial firing. As a result, the boy sustained serious bullet wounds and was rushed to Lahore General Hospital (LGH) but died in the way.

Police sources said that some relatives and friends of the groom were under heavily drunk when they opened fire.

The police have removed the body to morgue for autopsy and are investigating with no arrest made so far.

Talking to this scribe, police investigator Dost Muhammad said that police would register a criminal case against the groom and the gunmen after the victim party would submit an application to the police station.

However, the investigators were at the crime scene to collect evidences till filing of this report.

The incidents of aerial firing, particularly on wedding parties, are common in Punjab. The police are bound to ensure complete ban on aerial firing and even on the display of weapons but the law enforcement agency is unable to control gun crimes in the province.

‘Uniformed dacoits’ held: Mughalpura police claimed on Saturday to have arrested two robbers involved in multiple incidents of armed robberies.

Police also recovered two motorcycles, seven mobile phones, two pistols and bullets from their possession. A police spokesperson said that the arrested bandits wearing police uniforms used to commit armed robberies in different parts of the provincial metropolis. The alleged bandits were identified as Zaheerud Din Babar and Sheraz Butt.

Further investigations are underway.