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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019

Crime at midnight: Girls, cousins attacked after pool party at Panchkula resort

Two unknown youths misbehaved with girls, later attacked group, opened fire outside North Park in Panchkula.

punjab Updated: Oct 10, 2017 13:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
The damaged windshield of complainant Munish Manhas’s car.
The damaged windshield of complainant Munish Manhas’s car.(HT Photo)

Four girls and their two male cousins, including a minor, were allegedly attacked by two youths and their aides after a party at a private resort in Sector 23 here on Sunday night.

Past incidents
  • A son of retired bureaucrats entered into an altercation during a party at the resort in 2010
  • A Punjabi singer arrested on charges of outraging the modesty of a woman inside the resort in 2006

Complainant Munish Manhas, who lives in Mohali, alleged the assailants also opened fire at them. Police have recovered live cartridges from the scene and are searching for the youths, who claimed to have belonged to Bapu Dham Colony in Chandigarh.

The girls had gone to a pool party at North Park, where the two youths allegedly misbehaved with them. When their cousin Munish objected to it, the two groups entered into an argument, but later the two youths left.

The girls had gone to a pool party at North Park, where the two youths allegedly misbehaved with them.
The girls had gone to a pool party at North Park, where the two youths allegedly misbehaved with them. ( HT Photo )

When the party got over around midnight, the two youths allegedly intercepted the group at the gate.

Munish said the two were on a Bajaj Pulsar bike and said they belonged to Bapu Dham Colony. They had allegedly called a dozen aides too. “One of them slapped one of the girls. My 15-year-old cousin was also beaten up,” he said. Munish said he requested them to get aside, but they did not budge and one of them even pulled out a pistol and fired at them.

“We could have been hit too. As the resort’s security guards came out, they fled,” he said. Windshield of the complainant’s car was also damaged in the attack.

No CCTV camera at the resort’s entrance
  • The resort has no closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera at the entrance gate, where the incident took place. Police are using the party footage to identify the two assailants.
  • Manager Munish Sharma said the party was organised by the resort in association with a private event management firm of Chandigarh.  “When we came to know about the scuffle, we immediately alerted the police and gave all possible support,” he said.

‘Police reached late’

Munish alleged police were late in reaching the spot. “Even the cops in the police control room (PCR) vehicle parked near the resort weren’t of much help,” he said. “I told them we had been attacked and fired at, but we were told to go to the nearby police station.”

Chandimandir station house officer (SHO) Lalit Kumar claimed they reached the spot as soon as they were informed about the incident. The two unknown youths have been booked under Sections 341(wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) of the Indian Penal Code besides relevant sections of the Arms Act. “The hunt is on to nab the accused,” said the SHO.

First Published: Oct 10, 2017 13:13 IST

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