35-year-old man died of gunshot wounds sustained in accidental shooting amid “playful brawl” between friends over gun at birthday party at Samajwadi MLC Amit official party residence Yadav, police said on Saturday.
After the death of Rakesh Rawat, from Barabanki, four men were arrested for their alleged role in the accidental murder, said Deputy Police Commissioner Somen Barma.
The incident took place on Friday evening at the official MLC residence in the Hazratganj police station area of Lucknow where the five people had gathered to celebrate the birthday of one Vinay Yadav.
The four arrested men were identified as Vinay Yadav, Gyanendra Kumar, Aaftab and Pankaj Yadav.
The four were arrested on the complaint of the death father, Mani Ram, who told police he suspected foul play in his son’s death and named the four responsible for the murder.
On Maniram’s complaint, the four were arrested, the DCP said. He said that after sustaining gunshot wounds Rawat was rushed to a local trauma center but died during treatment.
The DCP said during questioning, the four gave different versions of the incident.
Initially, during the preliminary investigation, the four men said Rawat brought the gun with himself and gave it to Vinay for him to check when it accidentally went off, police said.
But after further investigation, the gun was discovered to belong to Pankaj Singh and it was triggered during a playful brawl between friends who had consumed beer, they said.
Police said they recovered the pistol and its cartridges.
The incident took place in a high-security government settlement inhabited by lawmakers, government officials and journalists, they said.