70 rounds fired in Mohali clash, 100m from Phase-8 police station; 2 hurt
In what speaks volumes on the deteriorating law and order situation in SAS Nagar, two groups of bouncers comprising around 30 men each fired more than 70 rounds of bullets at each other from a .32 calibre weapon and .12-bore double-barrel gun at an open ground in the heart of city in Phase-8 on Sunday about 5.30pm.punjab Updated: Nov 07, 2016 11:48 IST
In what speaks volumes on the deteriorating law and order situation in SAS Nagar, two groups of bouncers comprising around 30 men each fired more than 70 rounds of bullets at each other from a .32 calibre weapon and .12-bore double-barrel gun at an open ground in the heart of city in Phase-8 on Sunday about 5.30pm.
The clash between, what was essentially two mobs, was planned and left behind a terrorised city that will have an anxious night as the ‘gun-fighters’ are still on the loose.
The clash spot is a mere 100m from the Phase-8 police station and is right opposite the SAS Nagar bus stand. The shower of bullets went on for around 5 minutes.
The police, now claim, that they had advance knowledge of the clash that has left two injured. However, the department’s defence is that the shootout was earlier planned in Industrial Area, Chandigarh, and Mullanpur.
Old rivalry cause; Each group used 10 SUVs
Sources said the two groups — one led by a bouncer Amit Sharma (also known as Meet) of Manimajra and the second led by Sonu Shah of Burail in Chandigarh — have been fierce rivals for long. On Saturday, the group of Meet had allegedly thrashed a member of the Sonu Shah group at a club in Chandigarh.
Later, the two groups fixed the Phase-8 ground near the bus stand as their ‘war’ venue.
Sources said Meet group was the first to open fire that was returned by the Sonu Shah group with the mayhem lasting around five minutes. The firing stopped when the Sonu group realised that two of their members were injured and needed medical attention.
One of the injured has been identified as Babloo, who received bullet wounds on his thigh and an unidentified man was injured on the chest. Both have been admitted in Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.
Witnesses said there were 10 cars on each side and the sound of gunfire was deafening. SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, “We were aware that the groups had clashed in Chandigarh on Saturday and were tracking them. A case has been registered and teams have been formed to arrest the accused.”
He added that the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) had prior knowledge about the groups.
First Published: Nov 07, 2016 11:47 IST