Cinemagoers to a latenight movie show at a multiplex on Ferozepur Road here on Saturday were in for a rude shock when seven youths, reportedly drunk, started creating ruckus while the movie was being played and also shouted in expletives at people.
Such was the nuisance created by the youths that the management of Cinepolis at MBD Neopolis Malls had to stop the show midway. Though a senior police official - deputy inspector general of police (DIG) (Ludhiana range) MF Farooqui - was also enjoying the movie, eyewitnesses alleged that despite them getting hold of the youths, police and cinema management were mute spectators to the revelry.
While five of the “troublemakers” managed to give the slip, two of them were nabbed and handed over to the police. Rahul Verma, an eyewitness, said he went to Cinepolis to enjoy the recently released Punjabi movie, 'Daddy Cool Munde Fool', at 9 pm “The youths seemed drunk and started creating nuisance 20 minutes after the show started. Families present there objected. But the youths began shouting expletives,” he said.
The multiplex management intervened and made the youths to sit. “But,” Parvesh Kumar, another eyewitness, said, “the youths again started creating nuisance, again, and photographing women in the hall. When people opposed, the youths fought with them.”
The show was stopped and, soon after, the police were called in. “Though a PCR team arrived at the spot, it could not handle the situation. Following this, three more cops from Sarabha Nagar police station were called in,” Parvesh Kumar said.
The youths were escorted out of the multiplex where five of them managed to run away, while two were caught by bystanders, an eyewitness said. As the PCR team had come on a motorcycle and the three cops from Sarabha Nagar police station did not have a conveyance, people present there took the two to the police station, he said.
Deepak Hilori, trainee IPS officer, the station house officer of Sarabha Nagar police station, confirmed that two youths had been caught. “We released them after issuing a warning on Sunday. We had also called their parents,” Hilori said. Anshul, the manager of Cinepolis, said he was not present at the spot and was not authorised to give a statement.
Contacted, DIG Farooqui confirmed that he was present at the spot. But he said that he was the one hwo called Sarabha Nagar police station. Meanwhile, the Sarabha Nagar police SHO rubbished allegations of the youths being ferried in private cars. “No, they were in the official car,” he said.