"Baghpat Police, kindly look into it and take necessary action."
An Indian youth was seen “cutting” into a cake by shooting at it in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh.
The incident was filmed and posted on social media. Between 10 and 15 young men had gathered at the scene.
It showed the unnamed man holding a gun while another held the cake. The cake was placed on the ground while the man’s friends were seen excitedly recording the video.
After the cake was placed down, the man fires into the cake. The gunshot was met with cheers from his friends.
Prior to the incident, the men were seen running on the road, shouting and brandishing weapons such as knives and guns.
While it is unclear when the celebratory gunfire happened, the broad daylight incident is believed to have taken place in the Sarurpur Khedki area of Baghpat.
The video attracted attention and this included the Inspector General of Meerut range. They wrote on Twitter:
“Baghpat Police, kindly look into it and take necessary action.”
The Baghpat Police replied: “A case has been registered in the Baghpat police station and efforts are being made to arrest the accused.”
Baghpat Circle Officer OP Singh took notice of the incident and confirmed that the Indian youths were taking part in celebratory firing in the village of Sarurpur Kherki.
He said that the police will begin proceedings against the suspects.
“A viral video has come to our notice in which some youngsters are firing from an illegal pistol during birthday celebrations.”
“After taking cognisance of the incident, we will initiate proceedings against the accused.”
An investigation is underway to identify and search for the whereabouts of the men in the video.
Officers are also working to find out the licence of the gun which was used to shoot the cake.
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— Shadab Rizvi (@ShadabNBT) July 31, 2019
According to India Today, when it comes to the number of licenced firearms in India, Uttar Pradesh is at the top of the list.
Lucknow is at the top of the state’s district when it comes to the number of licensed weapons at more than 53,000.
Agra is second with 47,102 weapons, Bareilly has 45,896 weapon bearers, Prayagraj has 45,841, while Kanpur (City) has 39,095 licenced weapon holders.
In India, there are five states whose total number of licence weapons are lower than the number of licenced weapons held by either of the five districts in Uttar Pradesh.