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Central Park Resorts: Clubhouse staff attacked in dispute over access

Police said the turban of the security in-charge came off in the ensuing scuffle and two women members of the staff were injured.

gurgaon Updated: May 10, 2019 23:46 IST
Pavneet Singh Chadha
Pavneet Singh Chadha
Gurugram
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At least five members, including two women, of the security staff of a clubhouse in Central Park Resorts, a residential society in Sector 48, were injured after a group of at least 25 people allegedly tried to force its way into the club on Thursday evening(Parveen Kumar/HTphoto)

At least five members, including two women, of the security staff of a clubhouse in Central Park Resorts, a residential society in Sector 48, were injured after a group of at least 25 people allegedly tried to force its way into the club on Thursday evening

The people were denied entry, as they failed to pay the club membership fee, said officials of Central Park Resorts. Police said the group of suspects, which included several residents of the condominium, broke a door of the club and manhandled the security officials, bruising them.

Police said the turban of the security in-charge came off in the ensuing scuffle and two women members of the staff were injured.

According to the police, the incident took place between 7pm and 7.30pm at Club Capri in Sector 48. Police said that at least 10 persons, who had not paid the membership fee for using the services of the clubhouse, were denied entry by a security official. The clubhouse offers dining, swimming pool and gymnasium services. The entry is allowed through biometric access on payment of subscription charges.

An official of Central Park Resorts, requesting anonymity, said, “When they (suspects) were denied entry, they started arguing with the staff and they were joined by another group of 10 to 15 persons. The head of security, Gur Asees Singh, heard the commotion in the lobby and rushed to the entrance. The suspects physically assaulted the members of security and hospitality team. The security head, two male members and two female receptionists were injured. Although the injuries were not serious, some medical aid was required and we called the police,” said the official.

The official said that the suspects wanted access to the services without paying the membership fee. “For three months, we had allowed people free access to the services. From May 1, we started denying entry to people if they had not paid the membership charges,” said the official.

In the police complaint, Singh, the head of security, said that the group pushed the main glass door and forced their entry into the club through the main gate. “These persons also pulled my turban, which is a direct insult to my religious faith and I cannot tolerate that at any cost. The same thing happened to my colleague as well. The female team members were pushed badly and their hair was pulled,” said Singh.

He added that the group hurled abuses at them, comparing the staff to dogs, and used unparliamentary language. “This club is not the property of your father,” one of them screamed, Singh alleged in the FIR.

The residents’ welfare association (RWA) of the condominium could not be contacted despite repeated attempts for comment.

Aman Yadav, assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Sadar police station, said that seven persons have been named in the FIR, while the others are unknown. “We have asked the complainant to share CCTV footage of the incident. We are investigating the matter. No arrest has been made,” Yadav said.

Police said that the allegation of one of the victims, of religious headgear being pulled, is being investigated.

A case was registered against the suspects under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 451 (house-trespass) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code at Sadar police station on Friday, said police.

First Published: May 10, 2019 23:46 IST