All the arrested accused were produced in court on Tuesday and were remanded to police custody till Thursday.
MUMBAI: Amboli police have arrested 12 persons, including two businessmen, three bodyguards and staffers of ‘We VIP’ lounge in Andheri under suo moto cognisance on Monday, a day after the hotel staffers did not report an incident of misfire of a gun in the hotel premises.
The main accused, son of a Haryana-based businessman, was celebrating his girlfriend’s birthday in the lounge on Sunday evening when he allegedly misfired a gun while clicking pictures and videos during the party in a bid to flaunt the guns.
Police said that the main accused identified as Rakesh Kalra (40) along with his accomplices- Mahendra Malik (32), Sonu Saroha (33), Sahil Dhamija (25) and Mohit Batla (23), had left from Haryana on Friday.
While partying and clicking pictures with the guns, one round of bullet from .315 calibre bolt rifle misfired and hit the sofa which pierced through it and hit the wall . Soon after the incident, the accused men left the lounge and went to the hotel where they were staying in to continue the party.
In order to save their reputation, the lounge tried to hide the matter, said sources. When a scribe reported it to the Amboli police late on Sunday, the police arrested the owner of the lounge Priyesh Thakkar (29) and its two managers, Abhay Waghmare (32) and Krishna Shetty (29), along with other staffers for not reporting the matter. The police have booked all the 12 accused under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 172, 202 and 336, that pertains to intentional omission to give information of offence by person bound to inform and act endangering life or personal safety of others respectively.
The arrest was made by a team led by Assistant Inspector of Police, Daya Nayak, on Monday night, wherein Kalra and his accomplices were caught when they were on their way back to Haryana in their two high end cars, Mercedes and Fortuner. The team has seized both the cars and six guns, whose license will be verified by the cops during the probe. All the arrested accused were produced in court on Tuesday and were remanded to police custody till Thursday.