Five acquitted in Sec 17 Buzz Lounge firing case

The order came after all the material witnesses turned hostile in the court.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:November 2, 2014 5:08 am

The accused in the firing incident at District Court in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Jaipal Singh) The accused in the firing incident at District Court in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Jaipal Singh)

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Atul Kasana has acquitted five people accused of attempt to murder after they allegedly opened fire at two bouncers outside Buzz Lounge in Sector 17 around 10 pm on May 20. The order came after all the material witnesses turned hostile in the court.

On Saturday, the case was listed for final arguments. Counsel for the accused, Terminder Singh said, “as all the witnesses had turned hostile when they were examined in the court, there was no point in wasting the precious time of the court”.

There were four material witnesses in the case including Pradeep Singh and Rahul Sharma, the two persons who were injured in the firing; complainant in the case, Manbir Singh and another eye-witness, Akhil. During the trial, all four of them refused to identify any of the accused and said, “It was night and we could not see who fired the shots”. “Despite the efforts by the police, the prosecution case fell flat after the material witnesses turned hostile. There were some police officials who were yet to be examined. However, as per a supreme court judgement, when the material witnesses did not support the case, the case was fixed for final arguments on Saturday”, said Advocate Terminder.

While Rahul, Akhil and Manbir worked as bouncers at the lounge, Pradeep and ILETS aspirant had come to Sector 17 with a friend for a cup of tea. UT Police had registered a case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC on complaint of Manbir Singh. The relevant sections of the Arms Act were also imposed. The police had recovered the vehicle, a cream coloured SUV and the weapon used by the accused in the crime.

The CFSL reports and the Ballistics reports of the weapon were also supporting the case, said a police official.

As per his complaint, Manbir, who was deputed near the DJ console in the lounge, told the police that some persons were creating ruckus at the birthday party of Rattan Lubana a resident of Kishangarh village. Lubana deposed before the police three days after the incident and told the police that all the accused were friends of one of his cousins, Harinder Singh, also an accused in the case and were invited by Harinder to the party.

Main accused in the case was identified as Sunil Singh Gill, a resident of Sector 8 who was made to leave the party after they created ruckus. Gill was claimed to have come back to the venue and opened fire at Manbir’s colleague, Rahul and by stander Pradeep. While the other accused in the case, Dilraj Singh Mann, Jatinder Pal Singh, Ashwini Sharma and Harinder Singh alias Happy, who were accompanying Gill were released on bail, Gill remained in Police custody till Saturday. He was released after the case was decided on Saturday.

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