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30-Year-Old Bihar Man Killed In Brawl Over Bill Payment At Restro-Bar, Victim Survived By Wife And Two Minor Children

Brajesh worked at a private firm and is survived by his wife and their two minor children, who live in Noida’s Sector 76. The family hails from Hasanpura village in Bihar’s Chhapra district.

Updated: April 27, 2022 9:40 AM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Analiza Pathak

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Noida: A 30-year-old man was beaten to death during a brawl at a pub in Noida’s Garden Galleria mall late Monday night. The victim, Brajesh Rai, was out with his office colleagues to party when the men got into a fight with the restaurant staffers over the food bill. The fight turned violent after the security guards, bouncers and other staffers attacked the men. Rai was seriously injured in the head during the fight and was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead.

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According to various media reports, five-six of his office collogues were out for drinks and dinner at the lost lemons. At around 11 pm, the staff asked the group to give the last order since it was closing time. That was the time when the argument started. When the bill came, the men raised objections about the price and a fight broke out. The bill was Rs 7,000-Rs 8,000. The brawl took an ugly turn after bouncers came and allegedly started thrashing the men.

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Brajesh worked at a private battery manufacturing firm and is survived by his wife and their two minor children (5-year-old son Sarthak and a 3-year-old daughter, Bhuvika), who live in Noida’s Sector 76. The family hails from Hasanpura village in Bihar’s Chhapra district.

Why did they have to fight over the bill? Wife questions colleagues’ role

Meanwhile, the victim’s wife, who teaches at the Delhi Public School in Sector 132, said she was in the dark about the incident for hours as she tried to reach his phone. She also questioned the role of Brijesh’s colleagues and asked why got involved in the scuffle over clearing a bill. “I never liked the people with whom he had gone to party, as after drinking, those people are never in their senses. Why did they have to fight over the bill?” she said. “Who is going to get my husband back now? He could have been saved if his friends would have not fought with the pub staff.”

“Initially, I thought it was a network issue. I again called Brijesh around 12am but his number was switched off. I managed to get the number of one of his colleagues who had gone drinking with him. He answered my call after I rang him up 3-4 times. The friend told me something has happened and he is surrounded by 10 to 15 people. He said he’ll get back to me,” she said.

Around 1.15am, the same colleague called Pooja and asked her to go to Prayag Hospital in Sector 41. She rushed there and found out that her husband had died.

Pooja said police had on Tuesday shown her CCTV footage of the brawl but “a lot of things are unclear” in it”.

Why have police not arrested anyone? Brajesh’s relatives questioned

According to Brajesh’s relatives, who did not wish to be identified said said that they were informed about the incident the next morning and also questioned as to why no arrest have been made as yet in the case. “Why have the police not arrested anyone? He was killed over a bill. They could have called the police and resolved the issue. Brajesh has a son and a daughter, both very young. The wife is in shock,” the relative told the Indian Express.

The police, after reviewing the CCTV footage, identified at least eight people. An FIR has been lodged and over a dozen employees of the restro-bar have been taken into police custody, police said, adding no arrest has been made yet.

The bar was shut on Tuesday and the owner of the restro-pub did not respond to calls and messages seeking comment.

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Published Date: April 27, 2022 8:43 AM IST

Updated Date: April 27, 2022 9:40 AM IST