Two men were allegedly assaulted by security guards with lathis outside the Amrapali Sapphire society in Noida’s Sector 46 on Wednesday night. Police said the men are tenants and had a scuffle with one of the guards over a parking sticker, which led to the assault.
A case has been registered and six guards have been arrested in the case. The victims sustained minor injuries.
A video of the incident, which went viral, shows one of the guards with a lathi arguing with a man sitting inside his car. The man then steps out and gets into a fight with the guard. In the meantime, other guards thrash the man with lathis. The video shows the victim’s friend trying to save him, but the guards push and hit them.
Ranvijay Singh, Additional DCP (Noida), said: “We received a call late at night on Wednesday from the society about the two men. We rushed to the spot to enquire about the matter, but the men were not there. We saw the CCTV footage and the video shot by other residents. We are talking to the two men. Based on the video, the guards were detained and later arrested.”
Singh said the accused and a few residents alleged that the men started the fight.
Another CCTV footage of the incident shows the men being stopped outside gate number 2 of the society by the guards. The driver gets into a heated argument with the guard and pushes him.
“We are looking into this but in any case, the guards should not have used lathis and should have called us. The men might have hurled abuses or started the fight but using lathis isn’t right. We are taking action as per law,” he added.
Police said the men did not have a parking sticker and started arguing with the guard when he stopped them. Later, the guard picked up a lathi and allegedly assaulted one of them.
A month ago, a similar case was reported at Lotus Boulevard society in Noida’s Sector 100 where a resident was allegedly thrashed by guards with lathis over maintenance and security issues. Two guards were detained in the case. The victim, Suresh Kumar, had complained about maintenance issues when the guards allegedly assaulted him. He was taken to a hospital and discharged after first aid.