Cops piece together feud

The liquor baron tried to take possession of a farmhouse occupied by his brother, which led to the shooting.

New Delhi : Investigators on Sunday said the killing of liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his younger brother Hardeep was triggered by the former’s alleged attempt to take possession of a south Delhi farmhouse on which they had locked horns.

Cops piece together feud

The initial probe has revealed that Ponty’s men swooped down on the farmhouse, threw out Hardeep’s staff and got the gates locked. Hardeep was not at the farmhouse at the time of the incident and was in a meeting in Noida. It is also alleged that Ponty asked his men to paint the nameplate carrying Hardeep’s name at the farmhouse entrance. Hardeep got to know about Ponty’s men barging into the farmhouse and he abruptly ended the meeting to rush to the spot, an official said.

In a fit of rage, the official claimed, Hardeep allegedly opened fire, with bullets first hitting Ponty’s guard Narender and then Ponty himself. He also fired at Ponty’s SUV with his licensed 9-mm pistol. Then the guards from both sides opened fire, the official said, adding that the PSOs given to the brothers by Punjab Police were not involved in the firing.

The post-mortems conducted on Ponty and Hardeep on Sunday revealed the two received 20 bullets among them, a police officer said. Their bodies underwent two autopsies each, the second round exclusively for removing bullets left behind earlier.

The police have questioned 15 persons after registering two cases in connection with the killing. No arrests have yet been made.

While one case has been registered under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and Arms Act on a complaint filed by Ponty’s friend, the other was registered by Hardeep’s manager against Ponty’s men on charges of trespassing and murder.

Investigators said they were looking into call records of Ponty, whose real name is Gurdeep, and his brother to build the exact sequence of events that led to the incident.

The family of Hardeep could not be contacted for comments. This was the second incident of firing at Chadha’s residence. On October 5, gunshots were reported from his house in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district.

The three Chadha brothers — Ponty, Hardeep and Rajinder — were jointly managing the Rs 6,000-crore Wave Inc, formerly Chadha Group, which has diverse business interests in distilleries, multiplexes, sugar and paper mills.

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