‘A’ without any excuse, fires a loaded gun into a crowd of persons and kills one of them. Is ‘A’ guilty of murder, although he may not have had a premeditated design to kill any particular individual.

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Answer:

As per Sec. 300 IPC, A is guilty of the offence of murder even though he may not have had a premeditated design to kill any particular individual.

 

Here, A has caused the death of one individual in the crowd of persons with the intention to cause death.

 

According to the 4th requirement of the offence of murder u/s 300, death must be caused by the person knowing that his act is so imminently dangerous that it must, in all probability cause death or such bodily injury as is likely to cause death.

 

Here, firing a loaded canon into a crowd of persons gives high probability that death may result and hence he is guilty of having committed murder under Sec. 300. The given problem resembles the illustration (d) under Sec. 300 IPC.

Last Updated On January 30, 2018
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