PATNA: Acting on a Centre’s advisory, the state home department on Thursday asked all district magistrates and superintendents of police to take stern action against those found guilty of indulging in and brandishing firearms.

The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) had recently issued an advisory to all states, asking them to take action against people who indulge in celebratory firing during weddings and at religious places, processions and political rallies.

ADG (headquarters) Kundan Krishnan said police would initiate measures for implementation of the MHA’s advisory. He also appealed to the people to immediately the police control room or dial 100 if they found anyone indulging in celebratory firing.

Several people, including children, have died in celebratory firing during weddings in recent years. The most recent case was death of an architect, Archana Gupta, at a Delhi-based farmhouse due to alleged celebratory firing by former BJP MLA from Raju Singh on the occasion of New Year.

Singh and his driver were arrested from Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh by a team of . Singh, who was earlier with JD(U), had unsuccessfully contested 2015 assembly election from Sahebganj seat in Muzaffarpur.

On November 9 last year, a Class IX student, Suraj Kumar, died in celebratory firing during idol immersion procession of Goddess Laxmi at Pakri in Ara town of Bhojpur district. The youth was standing near his house to see the procession when a stray bullet hit him.

While the MHA has issued the latest advisory on the basis of a Delhi high court order passed on August 13, 2017, it had instructed the state governments in 2016 also to ask law enforcing agencies, including police, to take action against those indulging in celebratory firing and brandishing firearms.

The states, including Bihar, have also been asked to cancel arms licences of those found guilty of violating the norms.

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