Businessman injured in brawl at CP Club during Diwali bash

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Nov 2018 10:46:02


Staff Reporter,

The accused smashed beer bottles and glasses on head of the businessman when he and his friend tried to intervene to settle a dispute between two groups

THREE youths smashed beer bottles and glasses on the head of a middle-aged businessman injuring him seriously after a brawl during a Diwali bash at C P Club in the small hours of Wednesday. With serious injuries on head and face, Brijesh Sushil Khemka (43), a resident of Mount Road, Sadar, was rushed to Dr Sengupta Critical Care Hospital, Ravi Nagar Square. He received about 40 stitches soon after his admission to the hospital. Cops launched a manhunt for accused Jaspreet Singh Tuli, a resident of Baba Budhaji Nagar, and two of his accomplices.

Khemka, his friend Sumit Thakkar and their families had gone to C P Club for a Diwali bash. At around 1 am, they were at the Food Court. Khemka and Thakkar then went to the wash room. Some youths were fighting in the wash room. Khemka and Thakkar intervened to settle the dispute between them. However, accused Jaspreet Singh and two of his accomplices thrashed Khemka.

After an argument, Jaspreet and two of his friends punched Khemka. Near the porch, they smashed bottles and glasses on Khemka’s head injuring him seriously. Before the security guards and bouncers could come for Khemka’s rescue, assailants fled the spot. Khemka’s daughter, who had allegedly seen the incident, informed her mother that some persons were assaulting her father. Khemka’s wife Meghna rushed for her husband’s rescue. She was shocked to find her husband lying in a pool of blood. Meghna, Sumit Thakkar and some club members rushed a profusely bleeding Khemka to Sengupta Hospital.

Staff from Sadar Police Station, led by PSI Mhatre, arrived at CP Club soon after receiving information about the incident. Cops visited the hospital and recorded Khemka’s statement. Sadar Police registered an offence under Sections 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (Criminal Intimidation) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC against Jaspreet Singh Tuli and two others. The police told ‘The Hitavada’ that Khemka was out of danger.

The assault as it happened

On the fateful day, member Brijesh Khemka along with a couple member friends went to the washroom. There they saw a group of youngsters, who apparently were guests, involved in a nasty fight. Khemka questioned them for their behaviour and asked them to leave. The guests brutally attacked him and his friend.

The reception lobby was in tatters and the assault was made right in front of small children. The lobby had a pool of blood as kids, teenagers and senior people witnessed Khemka drenched in blood. The impact of assault was so serious that security guards, bouncers and staff members were unable to react immediately. The assaulters conveniently made their escape as no one dared to stop them.


Members shocked over murderous assault

Staff Reporter,

MEMBERS of the Central Provinces (CP) Club have expressed deep anguish and shock over the murderous assault on a respected member during the Diwali Milan programme.

Some peeved members are angry at the fact that huge number of guests are being allowed at the lounge bar ‘1901’ without any restrictions. This is a regular happening on Saturday nights when stags get access to the lounge and members and dependents are forced to quit the place, a senior member said, on condition of anonymity. The lounge has a capacity of 200 members/dependents but double the number occupy it, especially during Saturday nights, it has been learnt.

According to a few members, many untoward incidents have taken place in the past too at the place. “There have been brawls among guests. In fact, one staff member was assaulted by a guest who tried to hit a beer bottle on the staff’s head, the member further said.

Members felt that entry to ‘1901’ lounge/bar should have be restricted to dependent of members not below 21 years of age. The club has a board at its entry stating that entry below 18 is restricted but it seems the mandate is not being followed.

Another regular member, who does not want to be named, claimed that on any given Saturday night girls and boys in the age group of 15-16 years are found in huge groups in drunken state. The latest incident is a result of unrestricted entry to guests, members said. No proper list was maintained at entry and that appears to be the reason why the club was yet to identify as to whose guests the assaulters were on Diwali Milan.
A section of woman members of the club has also expressed concern over their safety.