An eight-year boy in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura was killed after he was caught in a crossfire between the police and alleged criminals late on Wednesday evening.
The boy playing near his home succumbed to injuries after a bullet hit his head during the shootout.
According to the police, the criminals were involved in a recent robbery and were hiding in Mohanpura village, about 450 kms from the state capital Lucknow. However, it was not clear if the bullet that hit Madhav was fired from a police weapon or one used by the criminals.
The police team reportedly tried to negotiate with the alleged criminals but they started firing which led to the encounter.
A senior police official said that a case has been registered based on a complaint by the boy's family and investigation will be done. The alleged criminals fled the spot.
The Uttar Pradesh government has promised action in the case and announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the family of the boy.