Clash, firing at south Delhi pub; Nigerian among three injured
Commotion broke out at a nightclub in south Delhi’s Hauz Khas after a group led by a gym owner clashed with a group of Nigerian nationals and bouncers, fired bullets and attacked them with sharp weapons late on Friday night.delhi Updated: Dec 03, 2016 23:37 IST
Commotion broke out at a nightclub in south Delhi’s Hauz Khas after a group led by a gym owner clashed with a group of Nigerian nationals and bouncers, fired bullets and attacked them with sharp weapons late on Friday night.
The altercation broke out after the gym owner, his girlfriend and four friends were denied entry, as the Nigerians had booked the pub for a private party, police said.
One Nigerian national, identified as Nnamdi Makuochuk, and bouncer Manoj suffered stab wounds after a group of five attacked them with sharp weapons. The gym owner, identified as Rahul Chaudhary, too suffered injuries after someone from the other group hurled a brick that hit him on the head. Chaudhary is a resident of Madangir in south Delhi, police said.
Nupur Prasad, additional deputy commissioner of police (south), said that a case of attempt to murder, physical assault with common intention and arms act was registered against Chaudhary and his friends. Chaudhary, who admitted himself to AIIMS Trauma Centre after the fight, was arrested on Saturday by the police. Another case was registered against the other group at the Safdarjung Enclave police station on the basis of Chaudhary’s medical examination report and his statement to the police.
According to the additional DCP, the incident took place around midnight at Salotto Café and Bar in Hauz Khas when Chaudhary reached the pub with his friends. As they were climbing the staircase leading to the bar, one of the Nigerian nationals, Nnamdi Makouchuk stopped them from entering the bar.
“Makouchuk told them that the whole place was booked by them for a party. He said that they had asked the restaurant authorities to put up a notification outside so that other visitors can be restricted and they do not face any inconvenience,” said a police officer.
When Makouchuk asked the five to leave, they entered into an argument with him. The argument soon turned into a scuffle during which Chaudhary pulled out a sharp object and stabbed Makouchuk on his thigh. The Nigerian national screamed for help and Manoj, one of the bouncers, rushed for help. As Manoj tried to intervene, Choudhary attacked him as well on his thighs.
“The five forcibly entered the club and started creating ruckus. One of them pulled out a pistol and fired two bullets, aiming the ceiling of the pub,” said the officer.
Hearing the gunshot, the others guests at the restaurant tried to rush out and it led to further commotion. Amid the commotion, someone from the crowd picked up a brick and hurled it at Choudhary which hit his head.
An official of the club said that they have shared the CCTV footage from the club with the police. “One of our guests and an employee were stabbed by the youths. We have filed a case and pursuing it,” said the official, who did not want to be named.