Despite the heavy police bandobast, as many as 85 drunken brawls and fights broke out during the New Year celebrations across the city on Wednesday night. But most of these were not really serious.
From 8 pm to 8 am, the police control room received 1,273 calls, and police assistance was dispatched for 243 events. As many as 85 calls were about quarrels and brawls, 37 about noise pollution, 24 about creating nuisance at public places, 26 calls about accidents and 106 about miscellaneous events.
During the same time a year ago, 203 events were reported.
The most serious incident happened outside the Chandigarh Club in Sector 1, where a man allegedly stabbed another with a knife under the influence of alcohol in a fight over a petty issue.
The victim was identified as Gurwinder Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab. During the party at the Chandigarh Club, Gurwinder entered into an altercation with one Goga Singh, also a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib.
The police said that both of them were in an inebriated condition and knew each other. They entered into a scuffle over a petty issue, and came outside the club.
“Goga stabbed Gurwinder in the abdomen following which the victim was rushed to PGI. We received a call at 12.50 am and rushed to the spot, but Goga had fled. Gurwinder is stable now and Goga will be nabbed soon,” said Assistant SP Guriqbal Singh Sidhu. Goga has been booked for attempt to murder.
A brawl was witnessed in the club when some men had an altercation with a group of women. A stampede-like situation was witnessed outside a discotheque in Sector 26 when a crowd of youths tried to forcibly enter the place. The police resorted to a mild lathicharge to control the situation.
The police also detained some people for creating nuisance under the influence of alcohol at the market of Sector 8, but they were released later.
A traffic sub-inspector was assaulted by a man in an inebriated condition at the lights of Sectors 18 and 8 after midnight.
Sub-Inspector Daya Ram stopped a car at a naka. Balwinder Singh, a Sector 35 resident, entered into an altercation with him when asked to blow into the alcometer. He came out of the vehicle and started manhandling the policeman. The police arrested Balwinder and he was booked on the charge of voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from discharging his duty.
The police said that 10 ambulance vehicles, three quick reaction teams of commandos, 62 joint PCR and police station nakas, 18 nakas at border points were deployed all across the city during the night.
As many as 25 special anti-drunken driving nakas were laid and 653 challans issued during the night.