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23 injured in Manesar in violent brawl over road rage incident

March 13, 2019 06:23 AM


Pavneet Singh Chadha pavneet.chadha@hindustantimes.com ■ ■
23 injured in Manesar in violent brawl over road rage incident
Six sustained gunshot injuries, those hurt included two retired army men and four women
GURUGRAM: Twenty three people were injured and admitted to a private hospital after an alleged dispute over a road rage incident snowballed into a brawl between two rival groups on Monday night in Nainwal village in Manesar, said the police.

■ 10 policemen have been deployed outside the private hospital where the victims from the two groups have been admitted.
Six persons sustained gunshot wounds and at least eight empty cartridges were allegedly recovered from the spot. According to the police, the total number of gun shots fired was not certain and that the shots were fired from at least two guns.

According to the police, one person, identified as Balbir, is critical while the other injured are stable and undergoing treatment at a private hospital in IMT Manesar. The injured included two retired army men and four women. Till the time of filing this report, three persons had been arrested after they were discharged from the hospital.

According to the police, on March 4, Anil, a native of Dhani, which is a settlement of houses in the village of Nainwal, had an argument with his landlord after his pickup car brushed against his car, when he was returning to the village.

Rajesh Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Manesar, said since the path of Dhani goes through the village and is considered as common area, the two groups from their respective places had argued and fought over the issue.

“The matter was settled after a discussion in the local panchayat and a compromise was reached. On Monday around 8 pm, Parmanand, an aide of Anil, was called by the opposing group to one Satpal Singh’s house for another round of discussion, after a Dhani villager once again brought up the issue,” said DCP Kumar.

The police said that Parmanand, went to the house of Satpal Singh with his friend, Arjun, where the issue was being discussed. The earlier road rage incident had allegedly taken place outside his house. However, when they reached there, the duo was allegedly beaten up. Upon hearing the news, a group of 12 Dhani residents went to confront the other group.

Satender Singh, station house officer (SHO), Manesar police station, said six men from the Dhani group, identified as Balbir, Ramniwas, Kehar Singh, Mahipal, Ravindra and Balkishan sustained gunshot wounds in the ensuing scuffle.

“Except for Kehar Singh, who sustained wounds from shrapnel in his shoulder, all the others were hit on the legs. While the condition of others is stable, Balbir is unconscious due to a head injury. The gunshots were fired by one group while the other group was allegedly beaten with sticks,” said SHO Singh, adding that medical report did not find any evidence that the attackers or victims were inebriated.

The police also said after the initial confrontation, Anil and his landlord, were not involved in Monday’s brawl. According to the medico-legal report, Ramniwas, was hit on the left calf while Ravindra sustained a wound on his left toe. Mahipal and Balkishan were hit on the legs.

In the police complaint, Ramniwas, 42, a dairy worker, had alleged that among the several accused men, two former army men were carrying guns.

The police booked the eleven accused men from Dhani under sections 147, 148, 149, 323, 325, 307 and 506 of the Indian Penal CODE(IPC) and Section 25/54/59 of The Arms Act.

A cross-fir of assault, rioting and criminal intimidation was registered by the police based on the statement of Satpal Singh, 40, who is a former army man accused in the shooting.

In the complaint, Singh alleged that he was eating food at his home around 8 pm when at least 30 people allegedly attacked him and his family members with sticks and spade.

“I heard a commotion and saw that a group of at least 30 people had barged into my house. The suspects were carrying spades and sticks. My parents, uncles, aunts and nephews suffered serious injuries,” said Singh, who was admitted to the hospital with injuries on head, legs and hands.

Singh also alleged that two men from the rival group were arrested earlier in a rape case and had raked up this issue to settle old enmity in the village. The police said they were not certain of the criminal record of the alleged attackers.

The police said that since both the rival family members were admitted to the same hospital, security had been heightened fearing retaliation from the two groups against each other.

“Ten policemen have been deployed at the hospital and five policemen each have been stationed at two spots in the villages to prevent any escalation,” said Rattan Singh, sub inspector (SI), Manesar police station. Singh added that more people would be arrested after consultation with the doctors at the hospital

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