An Italian man and his Indian friends who protested after being denied entry into a Gurgaon pub for violating the ‘dress code’ were severely beaten up by the pub’s bouncers.
Frederico Brasola, a photographer from Rome on holiday in India, had his arm broken in the incident.
Bouncers at Club Saffire, a pub at Regent Square in Gurgaon, allegedly assaulted Brasola, Inderjit Dev, an NRI from London, and two of their friends early on Friday, following an altercation over entry.
Rakesh Roshan, the club’s manager, said two of the four men, including the foreigner, were drunk.
He said they were denied entry, as they did not meet the dress code of the club. Moreover, the group arrived as the club was preparing to close.
“All four stayed put as two of them were denied entry. The foreigner was wearing a vest and another wore bathroom slippers,” Roshan said. “While leaving, the foreigner and his friends started abusing us and waved fingers at us obscenely which our bouncers could not tolerate”
One of the bouncers waved a stick at them, and the men abused them again, after which the bouncers slapped them and landed a few jabs, “but not much,” Roshan said.
Brassola said when he and his friends reached the club around 1.30 a.m., it was open. “We intended to enter Saffire for drinks. We had downed some beer in our car. At the gates of Saffire, the bouncers refused to let us go in as they said I was not properly dressed up. I was wearing a sleeveless T-shirt,” claimed Brasola.
An argument followed. “At this bouncers attacked us all with sticks,” Brasola said.
Kulwant Lohia, the doctor who treated Brasola at Uma Sanjeevani Hospital in DLF Phase II, confirmed the fracture. “He had weals on back and it appeared he had been hit four times with a stick,” said Lohia.
DCP (East) Jagdish Nagar said a case had been registered against two bouncers and efforts were on to arrest them.