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Firing at night club: Cops’ functioning under lens

The Monday’s incident of indiscriminate firing by four youths outside the Score discotheque at Sector 8, Chandigarh, which left three injured, has brought lack of teamwork in the police to the fore.

chandigarh Updated: Jun 03, 2015 11:47 IST
Gurpreet Singh Chhina
Gurpreet Singh Chhina
Hindustan Times
Sector 8 Chandigarh,UT cops,Surjit Singh club bouncer

The Monday’s incident of indiscriminate firing by four youths outside the Score discotheque at Sector 8, Chandigarh, which left three injured, has brought lack of teamwork in the police to the fore.

Questions are being raised over the UT cops’ working as DSP (night), SHO concerned, a team of crime branch, operation cell and police control room (PCR) cops, reached the spot, but failed to nab the youth who left their Zen car at the spot and fled from the spot on foot.


The police records revealed that five PCR gypsies were stationed near the spot. Youths had started firing indiscriminately at about 2.08am and before which they were creating ruckus for about 12 minutes.

“As per the PCR, night club bouncer Surjit Singh’s call about the incident was received at around 2.14am. Following which, a message was flashed to the nearby PCR vehicles that were stationed at Rajindra Park, Sector 2 (in front of Punjab chief minister), Kaimbwala village, press (Sector 8 and Sector 9) lightpoint, Sector 10 and Sector 8 market,” said sources.

“The PCR at Sector 8 market had picked up the injured from the spot and admitted them in the Government Multispecialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, whereas other PCRs were called to the spot to help the police nab the accused, who had fled after creating ruckus.

The accused had fired nine gunshots outside the disco in a span of three minutes,” the sources added.

The sources added that a Sector 10-market PCR had gone to attend an accident spot at the high court roundabout that took place 2.10am.


Questions are being raised over night patrolling by the police.

A message was flashed within minutes to DSP (night) Roshan Lal and all the other inspectors at night duty.

The DSP and four inspectors - Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Harjeet Kaur, Ranjodh Singh and Jaswinder Singh - had reached the spot within minutes.

But, they kept waiting for the area DSP, station house officer (SHO), Sector 3 police station, and a team to carry on with the search.

The sources said had the police initiated the search as a team work, it could have nabbed the rowdy youngsters immediately as the information was given by the passersby that the youth had run towards the Sector 19.


Interestingly, the call to the PCR was made by bouncer Surjeet, while head constable Gurmeet Singh and home guard volunteer Paramjeet Singh were also deployed outside the discotheque.

Instead of calling the PCR and helping the police in nabbing the accused, the two had fled from the spot.

The sources said there was possibility of them being drunk and leading to that they might have fled, fearing that senior officer would conduct their medical examination.


The police were trying to get mobile locations from the telecom firms to get clues so that a team could be sent to Tarn Taran after getting addresses from the mobile numbers.

But, they could not get any breakthrough in the case. Similarly, the registration number of the car of the accused belongs to Gurgaon.

It was learnt that the car was sold six times from one buyer to another, but it was not transferred.

The police also suspects that the 2006-model car used during the crime could be a stolen vehicle as address and details of the accused had so far turned to be fake.


SP (city) Parvinder Singh said they had questioned Amanpreet Kaur, a former bouncer of the discotheque, but could not ascertain her role as of now.

“We are working on various theories and questioning those who were present there at the time of the incident,” he added.


The police have been exploring business rivalry angle in the case as the youths had opened fires indiscriminately over a petty issue of not allowing him to have drink and smoke on the floor.

The number of gunshots fired were raising suspision over the incident.

First Published: Jun 03, 2015 10:59 IST