A New Year bash in Noida turned violent when two groups of revellers fought a pitched battle at a coffee shop in Sector 18, the city’s biggest commercial hub, in the wee hours of Sunday.
Despite the tall claims made by the police regarding tight security arrangements to deal with drunk brawls, one group whipped out pistols and resorted to indiscriminate firing. Two persons were injured in the incident, which created panic in the area.
The injured, who were admitted to the Kailash Hospital, have been identified as a son of a BJP leader and an advocate. Both are stated to be out of danger. The Sector 20 police have registered an attempt to murder case against unknown persons and stated investigations.
Police said after partying in a discotheque at The Great India Place (TGIP) Mall, three youths — Kulvinder Gurjar, a resident of Delhi’s Dallupura area and son of BJP leader Mukhiya Gurjar, Sumit Sharma and Sumit Singh — went to a coffee shop in Sector 18.
The group had an altercation with another group sitting in the coffee shop over a trivial issue.
“We have learnt two youths from the second group, reportedly drunk, opened four rounds of fire,” said a police officer.
Soon after committing the crime, the assailants fled in a white Scorpio car. “When the other group tried to stop them, one of the pistol-wielding youths fired another round,” said the officer. “Kulvinder, who studies at Aurobindo College in Delhi, has sustained a bullet injury in the waist. Sumit Sharma, a lawyer at a Delhi court, has sustained injury in the hand,” he said.
The incident took place at 2.30 am. The police had told the café owner to shut the shop at 2am. “The shop didn’t close because of some orders it had taken. There were 25 customers around when the clash took place,” the officer said. He said the police were reviewing the CCTV footage to nab the assailants.
Meanwhile, four policemen were injured in the Noida phase 2 area on Saturday night when a speeding dumper hit their jeep. The injured have been identified as Ram Prakash, Mohammad Arif, constable Yashvir Singh and Jagat Singh. At a crossing near Kakrola, a speeding dumper hit them. They were rushed to a hospital.