The recent murder of 30-year-old bouncer, Amit Sharma alias Meet, outside a temple in Saketri in broad daylight brings to the fore the internecine rivalries that have begun to take a toll on youngsters in this business.
Meet was himself involved in a firing between two groups of bouncers, one his and the other of Sonu Shah, in which more than 70 rounds were fired near the Phase 8 Dussehra ground in SAS Nagar last November. He was facing an attempt-to-murder charge, and was on bail when his rivals shot him.
A resident of Manimajra, Meet was supplying bouncers to 12 night clubs in the tricity. Nearly 70 rounds of bullets were fired with a .32 bore and a .12-bore double-barrel gun when the two groups had an altercation over supplying bouncers to commercial establishments in the tricity on November 6. Earlier too, members of these groups had fired at each other. The police had claimed that the November 6 firing was the fallout of an argument between their members at a discotheque on the Zirakpur-Pinjore road on the previous day.
Meet, who was associated with the Youth Akali Dal, had supported SOI in the recent PU student elections. In the business of supplying bouncers for the last 12 years, he and Sonu Shah were fighting over the control of bouncers in the city.
The gang war between the two started in July 2016, when three men shot at Meet’s friend, bouncer-cum-gym trainer, Akhil, at a gym in Sector 26, Chandigarh. Crime Investigating Agency (CIA) of SAS Nagar police had cracked the case with the arrest of three persons, namely, Gagandeep Singh alias Gagan (22) of Nayagoan, Manish Kumar alias Manni (23) of Teur village in Kharar and Gurpreet Singh alias Guggi (23) from Moga.
“Akhil and Meet had verbally abused Manish Kumar, employed as a bouncer, who had been nursing a grudge against them,” the police had claimed at the time of arrest. The police had seized a Lancer car and two country-made .32 bore pistols with four live cartridges from the group.
Business and muscle
Rich businessmen often hire bouncers to flex their muscles. In April last year, 23-year-old son of a Delhi-based liquor baron and his nine friends, landed in jail during the IPL match in PCA stadium, when their bouncer was booked under the Arms Act for carrying a weapon without a valid licence. In order to avoid security check, the group, which arrived in a fleet comprising a Porsche, Gypsy and Tata Safari, had claimed that the SSP was sitting in their car and they should be allowed to pass through without any checks. The police, however, conducted a check and found an unlicensed .32 bore revolver on Jatinder, the bouncer.
At the receiving end
Bouncers often have to face the ire of drunken revellers when they try to rein them in. On January 19, bouncer Rahul Sharma, was injured in a firing incident outside the Buzz Lounge discotheque. The incident took place when Sharma tried to stop three Ludhiana residents from creating a ruckus over the music being played at the club. The youths, who were in an inebriated condition, fired at him when Sharma asked them to leave.