A manager of a multinational company filed a police complaint alleging that bouncers of a club in Gurgaon beat him and his friends after they confronted one of them for misbehaving with a woman from their group. Police said the club manager and six bouncers — Sonu, Mandeep, Sumit, Nitin, Ram Singh and Rakesh — have been arrested.
Gurgaon police chief Kala Ramachandran said: “A video is viral wherein some bouncers are thrashing some men outside Casa Danza Club, Udyog Vihar. A case has been registered on a complaint alleging physical assault, touching the complainant’s woman companion with bad intention and also snatching of some cash by the bouncers.”
According to the police, the incident took place around 2 am late Sunday night.
Police said the complainant alleged that he and three of his friends had gone to the club, where he met two other friends outside. “At the time of entry, one security bouncer touched my woman friend inappropriately and when she confronted him, he started saying things to her. When I intervened, all the bouncers of the club came and called their two managers. When my woman friend and I complained to the managers, they directed the bouncers to beat us and get rid of us. The bouncers then started beating me and my friends. Apart from the two managers, at least 8-10 bouncers wearing black clothes dragged us to the middle of the road and pinned me to the ground to beat me with sticks. They hit me in the head and face with sticks,” alleged the complainant in the FIR.
The complainant added that one of the bouncers snatched his friend’s Apple watch while two bouncers snatched Rs 10,000-12,000 cash from his pocket.
“The bouncers kicked and attacked my friends with sticks. Due to traffic congestion, the bouncers left us on the road and went inside the club while the managers threatened to kill us. My friends suffered injuries… my nose was bleeding and I was facing difficulty breathing. Someone reported the incident to the police and a passerby also recorded a video of the incident,” the complainant added in the FIR.
Police said the complainant was taken to a hospital for treatment and as per his medico-legal report, he suffered abrasions at multiple places.
In a video shared online, a group of men wearing black shirts can be seen slapping, punching and kicking at least two men while a woman yells at them to stop. In another such video, a man in a black shirt can be seen attacking someone with a stick.
Rajeev Kumar, ACP, Udyog Vihar, said, “We have registered an FIR against some bouncers and the manager associated with the club. A probe has been initiated. ” An FIR was registered against the accused under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354 A (1) (i) (sexual harassment), 379 A (snatching) and 506 (criminal intimidation), said police.
In a statement, the club said: “We condemn the violent episode that took place outside our premises between a group of visitors and third party security agency personnel. We deny the molestation allegations surrounding the bodyguard, as evident in the surveillance footage we have reviewed, confirming that there was no misdemeanour or untoward act by such security agency personnel against the alleged female or any other member of their group… From the naked eye perusal of videos and photographs, it can easily be ascertained that the guests initially verbally misbehaved which later on turned out to be a bigger mess… However, Casa Danza… sympathises with victims of the incident. Under no circumstance should the bodyguards have resorted to violence and we understand it’s absolutely unacceptable… We have fired the errant individuals and commenced legal proceedings…”