Man shot at on the dance floor of Delhi pub
A 30-year-old man was shot at on the dance floor of a south Delhi pub.delhi Updated: Dec 31, 2017 17:59 IST
A 30-year-old man was shot at on the dance floor of a south Delhi pub at around 3.30am on Sunday, two hours past the closing time.
Police had sought cancellation of the pub’s licence and were investigating how an armed person was allowed in, deputy commissioner of police (South) Romil Baaniya said of the security scare that came hours before people would crowd pubs and restaurants across the city to ring in the new year.
“We have registered a case of attempt to murder and if at all any negligence is brought to our notice during the inquiry, action would be taken,” Baaniya said. He, however, had no answer to why the pub was allowed to remain open beyond the 1am closing time.
Vinay Bhati, a resident of Jasola in southeast Delhi, had gone to the pub in Greater Kailash-I with his brother and two friends, when one Umesh alleged fired at him, police said.
Umesh, too, lived in southeast Delhi in Govindpuri and hailed from Rajasthan, said police, who didn’t identify the man who accompanied the alleged accused.
There was no altercation or provocation for Umesh to open fire, Bhati’s brother Ajay told Hindustan Times.
“I spoke to my brother at the hospital who told me that the man first pushed him and when he got up, that man shot him in the neck,” said Ajay.
The bullet hit Bhati’s collarbone, the DCP said, adding people got hold of Umesh and thrashed him.
Bhati, who works with a private firm in Noida, was taken to AIIMS trauma centre and was out of danger, said police, who got Umesh admitted to hospital.
Bittu and Vinay Kumar, who were with Bhati, said it was dark inside the pub and they could not see anything but did hear a gunshot.
Police said Bhati was drunk, which was denied by his brother and friends.
Earlier during the day there was confusion about the place of shooting.
In the morning, the DCP told reporters on WhatsApp that Bhati was shot after an argument over parking space outside the pub.
He had shared the message sent by junior officers and the statement was based on initial findings, Baaniya said.
Police said they would have more clarity once Umesh was well enough to give a statement.
Two days ago, 14 people died in a blaze in two up-market restaurants bars in Mumbai that had carried out illegal constructions and also violated fire safety norms, turning the eateries into a fire trap.