Four men, including an NRI, were thrashed by bouncers at an upscale pub at Cyber Hub on Monday night. The victims claimed 10-12 bouncers hired by the management unleashed a vicious assault on them after a dispute over payment with the pub owner turned ugly.
An FIR was lodged against unknown persons at the DLF Phase 2 police station. They were booked under IPC sections 147 (rioting) , 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 324 (causing hurt by dangerous weapons).
Rahul Lakshman, the complainant who is based in London, said he arrived with friends for dinner at the The Wine Company at Cyber Hub. Soon, Rahul and his friends got embroiled in a dispute over payment and a scuffle ensued. “We were trying to settle the dispute over payment when one of the bouncers started misbehaving with us. I am in India on a business trip and this experience has surely left a bitter taste in my mouth. I was shocked to have been beaten up this way. The manager and 10-12 bouncers attacked us. Beer bottles were smashed on our heads and some of my teeth were broken,” Rahul said.
Ishant, one of his friends, was administered multiple stitches as beer bottles were smashed on his head. “We want the police to take strict action against the club management for taking law into their hands,” Ishant said.
The police said they are going to examine of the CCTV footage of the incident and identify the accused. Deepak Saharan, DCP (East), said a case has been registered and those involved will be brought to book. “We have launched an investigation into the incident,” he said.
However, Sanjay Kumar, the investigating officer said the argument was not over payment but the closing of the pub, as Rahul and his friends wanted to sit around for a while longer. The pub owner wanted to close and a quarrel ensued. Matters soon came to a head as the bouncers went after them. “We will scan the CCTV footage to know what actually happened,” Kumar said.
“We have filed a police complaint as we have CCTV footage of them beating our staff,” Arvind Kumar, GM, The Wine Company, said.