Youth killed in accidental gun shot
Pelatwa : An Arakanese youth from a village in Paletwa Township in Chin State was killed when a gun belonging to a Burmese Army soldier accidentally went off on Tuesday on a motor boat. The youth was on his way to Pelatwa from his village, said an eyewitness.
The victim was identified as Ko Shwe U (26) son of U Thein Shwe, from Tha Raw Ai village, near the India border, under Pelatwa Township in southern Chin State.
The accident occurred on a motor boat on the upper reaches of Kaladan River at 8: 10 a.m. on Tuesday while the motor boat was heading for Pelatwa from Tharaw Ai village.
The eyewitness said the gun belonged to a private soldier Zaw Myo Aung from the Burmese Army’s LIB 289 based in Pelatwa. A shot was fired accidentally when the soldier put down his head on the gun.
The bullet hit Ko Shwe Oo’s on the right side of his abdomen. He was lying near the soldier Zaw Myo Aung.
About 30 minutes after the incident, Ko Shwe Oo succumbed to his injury on the boat. The soldier jumped from the boat and fled, leaving his gun on the boat.
Shwe Oo’s body was sent to Pelatwa hospital’s morgue for autopsy after the police filed a case against Zaw Myo Aung for murder.
However, no one knows whether the army authorities will compensate the parents of Ko Shwe Oo who died because the gun belonging to a Burmese Army soldier accidentally went off.