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No headway in Gurgaon's pub brawl case

The main accused Gaurav who is “politically well-connected” and others are not traceable, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja.
Hindustan Times | By Sanjeev K Ahuja, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2008 11:50 PM IST

In yet another goof-up a day after the pub brawl in a mall in Gurgaon, the local police let a couple of pub brawlers go when they approached to file a counter case against the victims — two pilots and a businessmen. The Gurgaon police have till now failed to catch the main accused in the case who is apparently “politically well-connected”. The cops have, however, arrested the manager of the pub where the brawl took place in the early hours of Sunday.

Capt Samarjeet Singh and friends Capt Vikram Bal and Gursharan Singh and their wives were assaulted by about a dozen armed drunken men at Buzz Pub in Gurgaon’s City Center Mall. Capt Singh who was operated upon for a kneecap fracture is recuperating at a private hospital.

ACP (East) Sumit Kumar said that two of the persons who had assaulted the pilots at the pub visited the DLF Police Station to file a counter compliant against the victims alleging that they (the accused) were also attacked and were injured.

“These youths were detained for some time but later allowed to go. They claimed that they also sustained injuries. We asked them to produce evidence that they were also assaulted but they failed to do so,” the ACP said.

When asked whether the main accused Gaurav was arrested, Kumar said that he and others were not traceable. He also denied any knowledge of Gaurav being a politically connected.

On Sunday, the victims had claimed that the police had let the accused go despite the fact the victims had identified them in the presence of ASI Kuldeep Singh and his men who had reached the spot.

The doctors at Paras Hospital where Capt Samarjeet Singh is recuperating after a surgery said that he would be released after a couple of days.

Gurgaon District Magistrate Rakesh Gupta said that he would consult the police authorities on clamping Section 144 to ensure that all the pubs and bars close by 12 midnight.

Police arrested Mritunjay Tiwari, the manager of Buzz Pub, for violating the excise and taxation rules and illegally serving liquor even after the deadline of 12.00 midnight.

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