Doctors are scheduled to perform surgery this morning on 2-year-old Veer Lutchman’s right arm, to remove what is believed to be a bullet.
Initial reports indicated that Veer was injured by fireworks which residents of Teelucksingh Trace, Barrackpore set off during Divali celebrations on Saturday.
However, relatives said it was a stray bullet, which was masked by the sound of people bursting bamboo in the community.
Police said they have to determine whether the child was in fact shot, which will determine which direction their investigation takes.
Paramedics responded to a report and took Veer to the San Fernando General Hospital where an x-ray showed an object lodged in his hands.
Barrackpore police were alerted and are investigating.