Bouncer gunned down over rivalry in Panchkula
Three booked; business rivalry over supplying of bouncers led to the killing, just 500m away from the Shiv Temple in the town, say police; 2nd major crime in town after Holi murder of 26-yr-old outside his housepunjab Updated: May 09, 2017 10:22 IST
In a murder that the police suspect to be the result of an old rivalry between groups of bouncers, two assailants shot dead a bouncer, Amit Sharma, 31, (also known as Meet), in broad daylight (12.30pm) at Mahadevpura village near the Shiv Temple at Panchkula’s Saketri area on Monday.
He was declared brought dead at PGI.
Four-five disco clubs from Chandigarh had hired him to supply bouncers for security of visiting film stars and other starlets in the tricity and nearby areas.
Sharma was about to sit into his car, parked 500m from the temple’s main gate, when the two assailants waylaid him and shot him multiple times in front of his mother, Rupa Rani of Manimajra, sources said.
Witnesses and police officials said the attackers slipped away in another car with yellow number plate.
Panchkula police commissioner RC Mishra, who visited the spot, said, “Four bullets were found on the deceased’s body, one in the chest, another in the lower abdomen and two in the lower part of the body.”
Mishra added that it appeared a case of old rivalry.
Mishra claimed that the police team was at the spot within 10 minutes of being alerted, with locals alleging that the police took 25 minutes to reach the spot.
He said that both the Chandigarh and the Mohali police departments had been alerted.
Cops at police stations in Zirakpur had also been alerted. “There are leads; we are sure of a breakthrough,” he claimed.
NOT THE FIRST ATTACK
Sharma’s cousin Arvind Gautam said he had had escaped a bullet attack at a gym at Sector 26, Chandigarh, in July last year. He added Sharma usually moved around with friends as a precautionary measure, but had decided to take his mother along on Monday. “It is likely that his rivals received a tip-off that he was ready.” Sharma is survived by his wife Jyoti Sharma and a 2-year-old son.
Mansa Devi Complex police station in-charge Mohinder Singh told HT that on complaint from the family, the police have booked Gagandeep Singh, who was also accused of assaulting him in July last year and is in jail. The leader of the rival business group Sonu Saha has also been booked. The third accused has been identified as Surjit Singh. All three have been booked under Sections 302 (murder ) and 120-B (conspiracy) of the IPC and the Arms Act.
Gangs had been at loggerheads
The gang suspected to be involved in the killing is allegedly led by Sonu Shah of Burail, Chandigarh. The gangs were at loggerheads as both wanted monopoly over supply of musclemen and bouncers to discs and hotels in the tricity.
Assailants waited for 15-20 minutes
When police reached the spot, beggars who loitered around the temple and witnessed the murder from close range narrated the incident. A beggar Rajinder Kumar said, “The attackers were thin and I noticed them waiting near Sharma’s car for 15-20 minutes. One of them even asked me the location of the toilet.”
Another beggar Chote Lal said, “The attackers drove a car that carried a yellow number plate (probably a taxi). I do not remember the number.”
Jailbird among three booked
On the complaint from the family, the police have booked three people, including Gagandeep Singh, who was also accused of assaulting him in July last year and is in jail. The leader of the rival business group Sonu Saha has also been booked. The third accused has been identified as Surjit Singh.