The attack on the man – identified by police as Anuj – was swift retribution by a group associated with the academy after a 17-year-old trainee on her way to practice was molested by a biker on a road in Sector 37. Anuj, who was allegedly flogged with sticks and rods, succumbed to injuries at the academy, which is also in Sector 37, police said. The autopsy report is awaited.
A coach at the academy and two others have been named in the FIR on charges of murder and rioting.
Girl stayed in car, rest accused us, says victim’s kin
One person, allegedly part of the group that thrashed Anuj, was arrested in the evening. Police said the biker who molested the girl had been identified and a search was on for him.
Bythe time the group from the academy had arrived at the spot in Sector 37 where the girl was molested on Monday, the biker had left. The girl, a Class XI student, had called her father and taken refuge inside a house while she waited for him to send someone to escort her out of the area. Her father called the academy owner, who sent the group to check.
Police said the girl had mistakenly pointed to two persons – Anuj and Sanjay – standing outside an office building as accomplices of the biker who had heckled her. Sanjay (32) told TOI he and his brother-in-law Anuj Kumar Gautam had gone to a private company’s office in Sector 37 to discuss some work with Chandan, a contractor, and Anuj had also come looking for work. Both Sanjay and Anuj had come to Gurugram to make a living from Jaunpur in UP.
Sanjay said he and Anuj were talking after Chandan left when a black Verna stopped next to them and two men came out of the car. He said he noticed a girl in the back seat but she remained inside the car. “They accused us of misbehaving with her. We denied it but they wouldn’t listen to us. They abused us, dragged us into the car and drove off,” said Sanjay.
At the academy, around six people, including Manjit (a relative of the owner), Punit and Manish (coach) allegedly attacked Sanjay and Anuj with sticks and iron rods. “Hearing our cries, many people assembled at the spot. Some of them asked them not to thrash us, fearing we may die. They locked us inside a toilet and left to bring Chandan to the academy,” said Sanjay, adding they thought it was Chandan who had molested the girl.
Once Chandan was brought there, the academy group allegedly thrashed all three of them together. “They brought us outside the toilet. Anuj fell unconscious and collapsed,” said Sanjay. That unnerved the group, which fled the spot. Chandan left the spot on his own. Police took Sanjay and Anuj to Civil hospital. Anuj was declared brought dead. Sanjay has injuries but they aren’t critical.
Based on a complaint filed by Sanjay, a case was filed under sections147,148 and149 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 364 (kidnaping) and 302 (murder) of the IPC at Sector 10 police station. ACP (crime) Preet Pal Sangwan said, “Two persons from the academy went to pick up the girl and they brought two people, suspecting their involvement in harassment. Later, they brought a third person to the academy. All three of them were beaten and held hostage, during which one person died.” The arrested suspect was identified as Binda Prasad. Police said a team had been formed to conduct searches and arrest the others involved in the attack.