The additional district and sessions judge, Atul Kasana, acquitted five persons booked on charges of attempt to murder after the complainant and injured victims turned hostile in a firing incident held near Buzz Lounge, Sector 17, in May this year.
Sunil Singh Gill, 23, a resident of Sector 8, Chandigarh, Jatinder Pal Singh alias Johny, 25, of Baltana, Ashwani Sharma, 21, of Sangrur, Dilraj Mann, 22, of Patti (Punjab) and Harinder Singh alias Happy, 23, of Kishangarh village, were arrested on allegations of being involved in firing incident held near Buzz Lounge, Sector 17, on May 19 this year.
Rahul Sharma, a bouncer at a restaurant, and Pardeep, a resident of Ludhiana, were injured in the incident. The accused were, however, let off by the court after Rahul and Pardeep turned hostile and expressed inability to identify the accused.
As per the complainant Manvir Singh, Gill had opened fire at Rahul as he had pushed him and his friends out for creating ruckus at the discotheque. Along with the bouncer, Pardeep was also hurt in the firing. The injured were standing in the parking area and the accused had fired three shots before fleeing the place after injuring the two.
The police had attributed the firing incident to avenge insult and even recovered a country-made pistol used in the incident along with 20 live cartridges from Gill who had opened fire.
A shot was fired in the air and a bullet each was fired at Rahul and Pardeep. Rahul was injured in the hip, while Pardeep was injured in the thigh.
All accused had come to the Buzz Lounge to attend the birthday party of Rattan Lubana, a resident of Kishangarh village, Chandigarh. The party started at 4 pm and during the party, the accused in an inebriated condition started creating ruckus and also manhandled the bouncer, who stopped them. They were made to leave the discotheque.
While testifying before the court, the victims admit to having sustained firing but by unidentified accused. However, Rahul denied having turned out youths after they created ruckus.
“The victims failed to identify the accused which facilitated the acquittal. The victim while testifying before the court said that they had sustained injuries in firing in dark. The victims claimed that owing to the darkness they could not see the accused,” said defence counsel Terminder Singh.
Despite acquittal, jail officials refuse to release man
Even after being acquitted by the court, the jail authorities refused to release Sunil Singh Gill.
“Despite court orders, the jail authorities refused to release Sunil which amounts to illegal detention. Sunil has been named as accused in one more case but in that case he is on bail and, thus, the jail authorities cannot refuse to release him. We will sue jail authorities for illegal detention,” added advocate Terminder Singh.