A 24-year-old driver was arrested for thrashing a couple in their late fifties at their mobile shop in Sector 18 on Thursday.
The accused, Rajeev, a resident of Sector 19, has been booked under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 452 (house-trespass) and 506 (criminal intimidation) after he beat up Joginderpal Soni, 58, and his wife Santosh Kumari, 56, at their shop.
Victims are the neighbours of the accused. Police said the son of the victims was a friend of the accused and the former insisted on striking a compromise.
“Surprisingly the son of the victims did not want us to register any case against the accused. Moreover, victims too kept insisting on a compromise. We could not allow compromise as it is clear from the CCTV footage that accused had committed a offence that is brutal in nature,” said Sector 19 SHO Maninder Singh.
The accused had told the police that he got furious at Santosh Kumari since she allegedly had said something “wrong” about his mother. Father of Rajeev had died many years back.
The brutal assault by the accused was captured in the CCTV camera installed at the shop, following which a case was registered.
In the video that was shown by a various news channels and went viral on social media, Rajeev can be seen repeatedly punching and slapping Santosh and her husband. He can also be seen damaging the shop. While the accused assaulted the elderly couple, a few people who were present there didn’t come to the rescue of the victims.
Police sources said Santosh and Joginderpal have suffered multiple injuries and the exact nature of wounds would be clear in the medical reports, which were awaited.
When contacted, victims said they didn’t want to pursue the complaint against the accused as they knew him since long.
The SHO said, “We received a call that a youth had assaulted an elderly couple in Sector 18, following which we reached the spot. When we enquired from the victims, they were not ready to lodge a complaint. We initially registered a daily diary report but later when we checked the CCTV footage, we arrested the accused.”
Police produced the accused and the victims before the SDM (east) Tapasya Raghav, where the victims pleaded for a compromise.
Video goes viral on social media
The video of the brutal assault on the aged victims had gone viral on the social media. People slammed the accused with terms like ‘inhuman’, ‘shameless’ and ‘devil’. Some Chandigarh municipal councillors posted the video on their Facebook pages and had condemned the act.