Three persons hailing from Jammu & Kashmir, living in a paying guest (PG) accommodation in Sohana, Mohali district, were assaulted recently, allegedly by the son of the PG facility’s owner. One suffered serious injuries and two escaped with minor injuries. The Sohana police have booked the PG owner’s son, Gursimran Singh, on charges of attempt to murder and causing grievous injuries. While Gursimran is absconding, four of his accomplices allegedly involved in the assault are yet to be identified.
The incident took place on March 15 over a petty argument. Gursimran and his four accomplices attacked the occupants late night as they had not switched off the lights in their room after watching the India-New Zealand World T20 cricket match. Those injured in the attack include Sanjay Singh, Kunwar Kumar and Pradeep Kumar, all three residents of Doda, J&K. Sanjay, who suffered serious head injuries, was admitted to civil hospital, Phase-VI, Mohali.
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The PG accommodation is located in Chilla village at Sohana, Mohali. Sanjay, Pradeep and Kunwar work in a private company at Mohali.
According to the FIR, Sanjay, Pradeep and Kunwar were having dinner after the India-New Zealand cricket match was telecast. Sanjay, who is the complainant in the FIR, alleged, “Around 11 pm, Gursimran Singh and his friends came to the PG premises and asked us why we had not switched off the room lights and ceiling fan in the neighbouring room. We told them that we were not aware about who had left the lights and fan on. He started abusing us and assaulted us with hockey sticks. I was dragged out of the room and mercilessly assaulted. Pradeep and Kunwar were also badly assaulted. When they left, Pradeep and Kunwar took me to the hospital”.
Station House Officer (SHO) of Sohana police station, sub-inspector Rajeev Kumar said, “We have registered a case against Gursimran and his four unidentified accomplices under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. A search is on for the suspects.”
Nearly 90 persons stay in the PG, which has around 50 rooms. Most of them are students of private colleges in the vicinity, while a few young men are working in private companies including some call centres in Mohali. Greater Mohali Development Authority (GMADA) officials told Chandigarh Newsline that they were not certain if the PG was legal. “We will look into the matter,” a GMADA official told Chandigarh Newsline.