Three injured after man opens indiscriminate fire at nightclub

A man opened fire at a Chandigarh nightclub after he and three of his friends were asked by bouncers to leave the premises after lighting up for a smoke, despite being told not to.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: June 2, 2015 4:40:28 am
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Three people were injured when a man opened indiscriminate fire at terrified club-goers outside Score discotheque in Sector 8, after he and three of his friends were asked to leave the nightclub, in the early hours of Monday. The injured, a woman and two men, are out of danger.

CCTV footage shows the clubbers first watching the four men leave the premises but then rushing inside the nightclub when the firing begins. Police have identified the four accused as Kamal, Jaspreet, Paramjit and Harmeet, all residents of Punjab’s Tarn Taran district, but are yet to determine which one of them fired the .32 bore revolver. The four men fled the spot taking their car’s registration plates with them but left their vehicle behind as they had apparently misplaced the keys.

The keys were later found inside the night club.

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Rajesh, the club manager, said the four were asked by bouncers to leave the premises after lighting up for a smoke, despite being told not to.

He added that the men were in no mood to listen. “They started lighting a cigarette again and were made to leave by the bouncers,” Rajesh said.

In his police complaint, Score’s security head Surjeet said the four men, all first-timers at the club, had drinks worth Rs 6,000: “They demanded more drinks at 2 am. The bar had closed and bartender refused to give them any. The four of then started to smoke and were asked to leave. When they did not, I and three other bouncers took them out and we entered into a scuffle with them”.

At around 2.10 am, the four went towards the parking area and allegedly began quarreling with Surjeet. Their car was parked on the left side of the club’s parking area but they could not find their keys. One of them allegedly broke the window of the car, pulled a gun from inside, aimed it at the crowd in the corridor outside Score and allegedly began firing indiscriminately.

The CCTV footage shows the terrified clubbers rushing inside. Shilpa Rai, a woman from Delhi, Akashdeep Singh, a resident of Ropar, and Deep Kumar, an employee of Score, were injured in the melee. Shipla sustained a bullet injury on her right shoulder. “She has an exit wound of the bullet as well. Deep has also sustained a similar injury in his right arm,” said DSP (Central) Satish Kumar.

Shilpa was referred to PGI from GMSH-16 while Deep Kumar was taken to PGI. Akashdeep sustained a bullet injury in his hip. Doctors said that all three are stable and out of danger.

One of the party-goers had a lucky escape as the man, wielding the gun, allegedly fired at the party-goer hiding behind a pillar. He was reportedly saved by the pillar.

“When he fired a second time at the man behind the pillar, his weapon got stuck,” said Baldev, a bouncer at the club.

The accused then broke the podium outside the club and a chair kept for a watchman. The CCTV footage shows a woman, who Surjeet said they had met in the disco, pulling the man towards the parking area. He is seen going back to the car. “They probably lost the keys so they broke the number plates of the car and ran towards Sector 7,” Surjeet’s complaint states.

A case of attempt to murder and relevant sections of the Arms Act was registered on complaint of a bouncer, Surjeet at Police Station Sector 3. The names of the men were entered in the night club’s register.

Police studied mobile tower data to identify which four phones left the vicinity of the club together and from that, identified the men to be from Punjab’s Taran Tarn district. Teams were sent to the homes of the accused but none of them were arrested at the time of filing this report.

The grey Zen in which the accused came was impounded by police from the spot. The police have traced the car to be registered at Gurgaon with registration number HR 26 AA 9060 . “We have not found any stolen FIR for this car in Delhi, Gurgaon and other probable places,” SP (City) Parvinder Singh said.

Eyewitness account

“Never in my life has seen someone shooting like this. The man was crazy”, a bouncer told the police. At 11.45 pm, the accused entered the lounge. Inside as well they created ruckus, said Naresh, an employee of the disco. After the four were thrown out of the club for smoking, they started quarrelling with the bouncers. All the customers gathered outside the disco after one of the accused broke the car’s glass to get his revolver. He started shooting from the parking and came till the entrance of the disco, a distance of about 50 metres. “He fired eight shots three of which hit people,” said SP Parvinder Singh. Another official said the bullets were of a 0.32 bore weapon. Bouncers said that the accused were drunk.

Blood stains

The disco had blood stains in the hallway which led from entrance to the payment counter. At one of the places near a lounge, a pool of blood was found. Naresh, a disco employee said that Shilpa, who was rushed inside fell there. Footage from inside the club has captured the faces of the accused clearly.

No police cordon

Though the incident happened at 2.10 am and the police reached the spot at 2.30 am, a live bullet was found in the parking and a bullet shell in the corridor by those visiting the scene as late as 1 pm. The area was not cordoned off by police.

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