Namdhari bought land for Ponty, irked Hardeep: Cops

A city court has sent Sukhdev Singh Namdhari to police custody for three days for the murder of Hardeep Chadha, who was shot dead in the November 17 gunfight at the Chhattarpur farmhouse.

Namdhari had gone to the farmhouse with Hardeep's brother and liquor baron Gurdeep Singh Chadha alias Ponty, who was also killed in the shootout. A recreation of the crime scene indicated that Namdhari fired at Hardeep, even though the latter did not shoot in his direction.

Police had asked for five-day custody of Namdhari, claiming that they need him to trace his accomplices ó Hardayal Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Jasbir Singh,Balkar Singh and Baaj Singh. Police told court that the man who had helped tamper with the serial number of the gun, used by Namdhari during the shootout, is yet to be arrested.

Police have also added IPC Section 201 (destroying evidence) in the FIR against Namdhari.

For the first time, police spoke about a rift between the two brothers, when they informed the court about the fact that Ponty had bought property in Uttarakhand without telling Hardeep about it. Police claimed that Namdhari helped Ponty buy the property.

Namdhari was sacked from his post of chairman of Uttarakhand Minorities Commission after the gunfight in Chhattarpur claimed the life of Hardeep and Ponty.

Police sources said Ponty had invested a large sum in a property in South Africa. Investigation is on to ascertain if that property was bought in Namdhari's name.

Police believe that Namdhari deliberately created a rift between the two brothers and provoked Ponty to keep Hardeep away from the land deals. Police will question Namdhari to recover the papers of the properties, which were bought without keeping Hardeep in the loop.

Ponty also bought properties in Nainital, Rampur and Bazpur.

Police said after shooting Hardeep, Namdhari handed the gun to his PSO Sachin Tyagi, who gave it to Ponty's associate Satnam.

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