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Drunk men clash with bouncers in Gurgaon mall

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, February 13, 2013
First Published: 23:46 IST(13/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:47 IST(13/2/2013)

The city's Sahara Mall, infamous for drunken brawls, found itself in yet another controversy as pub bouncers thrashed a group of unruly men who allegedly misbehaved with a woman on Tuesday night.

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No police case has been lodged yet as neither the woman nor the men have come forward to file a complaint. 

A group of seven Afghani men were partying at Ipsa pub at Sahara Mall on MG Road when one of them allegedly passed a lewd remark to a woman. The men allegedly asked her for a dance but when she refused, one of them caught hold of her.

The victim, a resident of Delhi, told HT, "I was dancing with my friends when a group of men forced me to dance with them. I refused but one of them pulled me. I shouted for help and the bouncers asked them to leave the premises."

Bharat Singh, owner of Ipsa pub, said, "My personal security officer asked the men to move out of the pub but they refused and assaulted two of my staff following which the brawl took place."

While trying to flee, one of the men entered PVR Cinemas and smashed the glass door. The bouncers, however, caught him.

MG Road, Gurgaon's Mall Mile, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons following a series of brawls, making it unsafe for shoppers, especially women, and causing a drop in footfalls.

In March last year, a group of drunken men had abducted a woman from outside the Sahara Mall and gang raped her before dumping at a secluded place. Prior to this, a mob of drunken men had molested a girl outside the mall on New Year's Eve.

Gurgaon police commissioner Alok Mittal acknowledged the fact that MG Road had turned into a brawl spot and issued directions to all SHOs of the police stations situated along MG Road to step up security with additional deployment of PCR vans.

A dozen malls with nearly 50 pubs and bars are located on MG Road and the law and order situation on Valentine's Day is their immediate worry.

JK Gupta, head of Sahara Mall, said repeated petitions to the Haryana government to cancel bar licences of pubs in malls had fallen on deaf ears.

"The Haryana excise and taxation department is soon going to renew the licences of the pubs and bars for 2013-14. This is the right time to revisit priorities and not renew the licences of bars as they are sites of frequent brawls," Gupta added.

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