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City pubs just not worth ?model? tag

Model shops in the city are fast turning into ?Pascal ka adda? like in the late 70s Hindi films where ?mawalis? (ruffians) would gather for a wild time and fisticuffs. Drunken brawls at different model shops have led to three sensational murders in the past two months while skirmishes in and around the shops are a regular feature.
None | By Bhupendra Pandey
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2006 12:25 AM IST

Model shops in the city are fast turning into ‘Pascal ka adda’ like in the late 70s Hindi films where ‘mawalis’ (ruffians) would gather for a wild time and fisticuffs.

Drunken brawls at different model shops have led to three sensational murders in the past two months while skirmishes in and around the shops are a regular feature.

One can witness rowdy scenes at these shops any given time. Drunkards reach the nearest available model shop from 12 noon and some of them stay till late in the night.

This correspondent visited a model shop in Hazratganj area around 2 pm on Saturday. One was allowed to enter the canteen only after purchasing a bottle of liquor. A room was given the semblance of a canteen with chairs and tables scattered around.

About half-a-dozen persons could be seen chatting and having liquor. Waiters were seen asking ‘customers’ to order snacks but none of them were paying attention. This correspondent had hardly spent 15 minutes at the place when two of the customers suddenly lost their cool and started hurling expletives at the waiters.

The duo shouted at the person sitting on the counter asking him not to send the waiter till they give a call.

Meanwhile, hearing the commotion, the manager of the model shop came inside and the staff told him about the cause of trouble.

The manager, who himself appeared as a goon, went up to the two persons engaged in the brawl  and warned the duo to either enjoy their drink peacefully or the staff would throw them out. The terse caution led to pin-drop silence in the canteen.

The scene turns ugly from evening when most of the visitors comprise young men in groups. It is unpredictable when all of a sudden they would engage in a brawl and once they are in a stupor anything could happen.

It was June 10 when the model shops came into the spotlight for the wrong reason. A teenager, Sunny Taneja, was shot dead by an acquaintance while having liquor at a Sarojininagar model shop. Sunny died on the spot while the assailant was arrested two days back.

Later, on July 21, Lalchand Yadav and his nephew Sunny were assaulted brutally at the Lalbagh model shop in Hazratganj. The shop staff had beaten the duo for bringing snacks from outside. Yadav died at the KGMU. In yet another incident which occurred at the Chowk model shop on late Friday night, Vijay Rastogi was shot dead by his acquaintances in a drunken brawl. If administration and cops failed to take any step, incidents such as these would keep rising at the so-called model shops. 

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