Mumbai crime: Drunk man arrested for firing gun in Andheri pub

May 31, 2014, 07:29 IST | Shiva Devnath

A drunken man in an Andheri pub opened fire after the manager of the establishment asked him to apologise to a female patron, for allegedly molesting her. The manager sustained a minor injury when a bullet brushed past his leg. The Amboli cops were called in and the accused was arrested.

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The manager of the club (pictured above) was discharged from the hospital yesterday
The manager of the club (pictured above) was discharged from the hospital yesterday

According to the police, the incident occurred in Club Escape, located on New Link Road in Andheri (West), at around 12.15 am yesterday. The accused, Vikrant Kumar Kallodi (50), was drunk. A 25-year-old woman was standing near the manager’s counter and typing a text message on her mobile phone.

Seeing her, Kallodi stood beside her and tried peeping into her screen to see what she was typing. When she took objection to his snooping, the diamond broker grabbed her by her hand and tapped her on the head.

The woman immediately reported the misbehaviour to the pub manager Jitendra Jha, who asked Kallodi to apologise to the patron. Kallodi was incensed on being asked to say sorry and an argument ensued with the manager.

“This eventually turned into a scuffle and, in a fit of rage, the drunk Kallodi took out his licenced revolver and opened fire. The bullet brushed past Jha’s leg and hit the floor. The police were called and a patrolling van reached the pub within 10 minutes,” said P Medhe, senior police inspector at Amboli police station.

Jha was immediately rushed to the Kokilaben Hospital in Andheri (West). He confirmed the incident to mid-day and was discharged from the hospital yesterday. The woman is originally from Madhya Pradesh and had come to Mumbai a week ago in search of employment, after completing her BTech. She stays as a paying guest in the Four Bungalows area.

The accused was arrested on charges of attempt to murder and molestation of the Indian Penal Code. He was produced in court today. He lives in Lokhandwala, Andheri (West) with his family and used to run a jewellery shop in the same area.

Navy cadets chase woman
In a shocking incident last month, five cadets of Indian Navy molested a female patron in Hawaiian Shack in Bandra. The 25-year-old had gone there with her husband and complained to the management about the cadets.

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The bouncers duly evicted the Navy men from the pub. Enraged at this, the men waited for the woman to come out when the pub closed and chased her auto rickshaw heading towards Borivli, in another auto.

They held on to the rod of her vehicle, asking the driver to stop. Her ordeal ended around 4 am, when the woman called the cops and they intervened and caught the five molesters red-handed.

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