Man dies after brawl turns violent at Noida pub; wife alleges foul play

Updated on Apr 27, 2022 05:27 AM IST

Ray was hired as a purchase manager by the private firm just four months back, according to his wife Pooja Parashar. The couple has two kids, aged three and five years old and has been living in Amrapali Princely Estate apartments in Sector 76.

A view of the Lost Lemons pub in Gardens Galleria mall, Noida on Tuesday. (HT photo)
A view of the Lost Lemons pub in Gardens Galleria mall, Noida on Tuesday. (HT photo)
By, Noida

A 30-year-old man died after he was assaulted during a brawl at a pub in Sector 38A on Monday night. Police said that employees of a private firm were partying at the pub when the victim was hit after an argument with the pub staffers over the bill. He was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

Additional deputy police commissioner Ranvijay Singh said seven employees of the firm, located in Sector 82, gathered at the Lost Lemons pub for a party. “The customers ordered alcohol and food. At around 11pm as they ordered more wine, the staffers asked them to pay their bill and leave as it was closing time. This resulted in an argument between the staffers and the customers, which turned violent and the deceased Brijesh Kumar Ray was assaulted and pushed around,” he said.

“Ray’s colleagues rushed him to a hospital in Sector 30 where he died during treatment. The police were informed about the incident at around 1am,” said Singh. A complaint was lodged by his colleague Arti Thakur.

The police have detained 16 staffers from the pub for questioning. “We have assessed the CCTV footage from the pub and it can be seen that the staffers and customers were pushing each other. We have identified eight of the 16 staffers and have also lodged a case under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The matter is fbeing investigated,” said Singh.

The pub is located at Sector 38A’s Gardens Galleria mall. “The incident happened inside the pub and none of the mall employees were involved in the incident,” said an official from the mall, requesting anonymity.

However, according to an official statement from the pub, the incident happened outside the restaurant. “I was informed about the incident by the local police station. The incident took place outside the pub and also involved a few unknown miscreants who were not part of the pub’s security. In fact, we don’t have bouncers and we are completely cooperating with the police and have already provided the CCTV footage. The pub has been sealed,” said Luv Dhingra, owner of the pub.

Ray’s body was sent for a post-mortem which revealed head injuries and a ruptured spleen as the cause of his death.

The Gardens Galleria mall is one of Noida’s most popular nightlife spots with over 30 clubs and pubs.

Ray was hired as a purchase manager by the private firm just four months back, according to his wife Pooja Parashar. The couple has two kids, aged three and five years old and has been living in Amrapali Princely Estate apartments in Sector 76 since the last four months.

Pooja, who is a school teacher, alleged that she was not informed about the incident neither by his office colleagues nor the police.

“My husband left home around 8am and informed me that he will return home late as he had plans to go out with his colleagues after work. It was not unusual as he often used to go out with office colleagues but he would always return home by 10pm,” Pooja said.

At around 11pm on Monday, when Ray did not return home and was not returning Pooja’s calls as well, she called one of his colleagues who gave her the contact of another co-worker Sumit, who had gone with Ray for the party. “When I called Sumit, he did not pick my calls and kept disconnecting. I dropped him a message as well. It was only at around midnight that he picked my call and said that some people have surrounded my husband and he can’t speak to me,” Pooja added.

“I called Sumit again and this time he told me that Brijesh is not well and the colleagues have brought him to a hospital. Since I was alone with my children, I had to make arrangements and was able to reach the hospital at around 2.30am,” said Pooja.

“I saw a large number of police personnel and my husband’s colleagues at the hospital. However, I was asked to wait outside. After waiting for 30 minutes, I demanded answers from his colleagues and I was told that he had passed away but nobody told me what happened and how. I did not see any bruises on his face or head or body,” a crestfallen Pooja added.

Pooja said that doctors told her that her husband was brought dead to the hospital. She demanded the police to interrogate his colleagues in the investigation. “Why was Brajesh the only one who was beaten up? Instead of getting my husband admitted to the hospital, his colleagues were apparently waiting for the police to arrive at the mall, which delayed his treatment and resulted in his death,” she said. She added that no one from Ray’s company contacted her so far. “Ido not even know what killed him. I hope I get answers to my questions,” she said.

The police also detained six colleagues of Ray who were with him at the time of incident. They include five men and one woman employed with the private firm. The body was handed over to the family late on Tuesday night.

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    Ashni Dhaor is a correspondent with Hindustan Times. She covers crime, education, health, politics, civic issues and environment in Ghaziabad city. She graduated from Delhi University in 2015 and has since been working with Hindustan Times since.

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