PANIC GRIPPED Sector 26 market Tuesday when three men allegedly shot at a trainer inside a crowded gym in the city.
The victim was taken to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), where he is stable.
The police have booked three persons in connection with the case and launched a search for the accused. The police suspect the attack may be the fallout of an old rivalry.
The police identified the gym trainer as Akhil, 25. The incident took place around 10 am. The police said a total of five shots were fired, of which two hit Akhil on the stomach. A police team later found the shells from the crime spot.
The police were informed and Akhil was taken to PGIMER by some of those present in the gym at the time of the incident. The doctors later said that Akhil’s condition was stable. The assailants fled the spot in a car.
Nikhil, an employee of the gym, told Chandigarh Newsline that he was inside the gym when the incident took place. He said three men, clad in T-shirts and jeans, entered and opened fire on Akhil, before fleeing.
Another gym employee, who did not wish to be named, said the gunshots were fired by one person.
Police sources said two of the assailants were later identified as Mani and Gagan. Mani is a resident of Nayagaon while Gagan belongs to Kharar. Both are said to be bouncers and had a dispute with Akhil and Meet, another trainer at the gym.
The police said a case had been registered against Mani and Gagan under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Arms Act at Sector 26 police station.
‘CCTV cameras non-functional’
The police tried to procure the CCTV footage of the cameras installed inside the gym but the cameras were not working. Police sources said renovation work was going on inside the gym due to which the cameras were not working. The police sources also said that the gym owners did not have any identity proof and address proof of Akhil.