The time: Monday, 7. 15 p.m. The place: Sohna roundabout, 25 kilometres from Gurgaon.
Trucks had clogged the highway. Traffic was a crawl. A Ford Fiesta and a Tata Safari brushed against each other. The night turned violent.
Twelve people were injured, three of them very seriously, when the trivial incident led to an exhibition of mindless violence by the driver of one of the cars. One SUV was burnt, three luxury sedans gutted in the violence.
Here’s how it all started.
Dairy owner Dinesh Bansal, 38, was negotiating the slow traffic on the roundabout. A Tata Safari brushed his car from behind.
The drivers of both cars stepped out. Kumar and his companions — three men in their early twenties, taking a drive in the Safari — got locked in a heated exchange of words with Bansal.
“Sonu threatened Dinesh of dire consequences before speeding away,” said Umesh Kumar, Bansal’s brother.
“Fearing an onslaught, we informed the police who stayed put at our house for about an hour. At about 9.00 p.m., seven-eight cars drove in. It was a group of about 50 people armed with revolvers, swords and iron rods. The police had left by then,” Umesh stated in the police complaint.
The station house officer of Sohna police station Narender Singh confirmed Bansal’s family was brutally attacked and three rounds were fired.
“Bansal, Gaurav (22) and Bilal (47) suffered serious head injuries. A father of four, Bilal — admitted in Paras Hospital — has been declared brain dead with almost no chances of survival.
Dinesh and Gaurav are admitted in Apollo Hospital in Delhi. Four others suffered mild injuries. Two from the rival group were also injured and are admitted in Gurgaon’s Artemis Hospital,” Singh said.
The police said the locals later surrounded Kumar’s men. Outnumbered, they fled, leaving behind a Scorpio, a Swift, a Safari and a Skoda. The mob set the Safari on fire and damaged the remaining cars.
The SHO said a case was registered against 12 people who had attacked the Bansal family.
“We have arrested two accused. Majority of the accused belonged to well-to-do families of Sohna’s Dunela village,” the SHO said. Sonu is reportedly at large.