Three persons sustained bullet injuries after five men gatecrashed a Lohri celebration at Sector 40 in Gurugram late on Monday night and opened indiscriminate fire on the crowd upon being confronted. One of the accused has been arrested, the police said on Tuesday.
Chander Mohan, the deputy commissioner of police (East), said that all the suspects have been identified, and the four absconding culprits will be arrested soon.
"The accused gatecrashed the Lohri function upon hearing the music being played by the DJ. After entering the function venue they spotted a bar that was set up near the gate. They were already in an inebriated state and wanted to enjoy liquor and food and got angry after a verbal spat when the residents questioned them," he said.
The arrested accused has been identified as Jai Narayan (28) of Madya Pradesh. He was arrested in April 2017 for a daylight heist at Mannapuram gold Finance branch in Gurugram. He has served four jail terms and was released on bail last December.
The probe team has recovered a pistol, two live cartridges and a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) from the accused.
According to the police, the incident took place at around 11 pm, when Ajay Vats, a resident of Sector- 40, and his family were hosting a party, attended by "85 friends, relatives and neighbours".
The complainant, Ajay Vats, stated in his complaint that the accused arrived in a white Scorpio car and entered the function hosted by him for his friends and relatives at around 11 p.m.
The accused asked the photographer to click their pictures and one of them picked up a bottle from the drinks table. At this, Vats accosted the young man and asked him about his identity. The young man, however, pushed him off and tried to escape. But Vats' brother Vinay caught him.
"One of the accomplices of the young man took out a pistol and allegedly fired two shots, hitting Vinay Vats in his right shoulder and right hand. Surrounded by the guests, the five, in a bid to escape, and then opened indiscriminate fire hitting Pawan and Vineet Chopra," Vats stated in his police complaint.
While Vinay Vats sustained two bullet injuries, Pawan and Vineet were hit in their legs. Pawan is a resident of Sector 47 and Vineet stays in South City Phase - 1.
The accused then drove towards another Lohri function being organised in the area. Finding the way blocked, they made a U-turn and rammed into a reversing car, in which the complainant was taking his brother to the hospital. Following this, they accused sped away.
"Of the three injured, one has been discharged from the hospital while the remaining two are undergoing treatment and both are out of danger," said Inspector Pawan Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO) of the Sector 40 police station.
A case under sections 148 (unlawful assembly), 149 (common objective), 307 (attempt to murder), 427 (causing damage), 452 (trespassing) and several sections of the Arms Act was registered at the Sector 40 police station.