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Bouncers held; but dress code a must,say clubs

The Gurgaon police have taken into custody two bouncers who beat up Italian photographer Federico Brasola at the Saffire night club late on Thursday night.

Written by Express News Service | Gurgaon |
June 17, 2009 1:38:39 am

The Gurgaon police have taken into custody two bouncers who beat up Italian photographer Federico Brasola at the Saffire night club late on Thursday night. The 20-year-old photographer was involved in an altercation with the bouncers after they had pointed out that his attire did not conform to the specified dress code.

The accused — 37-year-old Praveen and Vijay,28 — who were absconding since,were picked up from the Fatepur Dera village in Delhi on Monday night.

A case has been lodged under Sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt),325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) against the two bouncers at the DLF Phase I police station. The duo were sent to 14 days of judicial custody on Tuesday.

Gurgaon Commissioner of Police S S Deswal told Newsline: “The use of force to prevent the entry of guests as seen in this case is not justified.” The commissioner added since a night club or a bar was a private building,the owners could restrict the entry of “unwanted” persons. Deswal said: “Restricting entry at pubs,bars,night clubs or even stores is absolutely legal since it is a private area. The problem arises when people come in drunk and misbehave with guests. We have written to the commissioner,sales and exercise department,so that he issues notices to these places to shut down by midnight. This might minimise brawls.”

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On the other hand,night club officials have come out in defence of the dress code. Assistant Manager of The Deck at Sahara Mall,Vineet Grover,said: “A guest is expected to dress appropriately. We don’t allow them to walk in in floaters since they might injure themselves.”

Grover also said the establishment’s bouncers have been asked not to “hit first,but to strike back in self defence”.

Manager at 32 Milestones,S K Tyagi,said a person’s clothes reflect his profile. Asked about the Saffire incident,Tyagi said: “At times,guests walk in drunk and are prone to misbehaving. We have no other option but to use force.”

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First published on: 17-06-2009 at 01:38:39 am

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