Police say farmhouse row behind killing of Ponty Chadha, brother

Ponty Chadha

Ponty suffered 12 bullet wounds while Hardeep took four on his body. Narender, Ponty's guard, was seriously injured and underwent surgery.

A police official said the trigger was Ponty using black ink to erase Hardeep's name from the nameplate outside the farmhouse. "We have already confiscated the weapons. We are waiting for the postmortem report to verify the statement of Namdhari and other statements. It looks like PSOs from the Punjab Police also fired. Their weapons are with us," said a police official.

Sources said it appeared that Ponty was shot by Hardeep's 9 mm pistol while Hardeep was shot by a 9 mm carbine belonging to Tyagi.

On Saturday afternoon, SSP, Chandigarh police headquarters, came to the Mehrauli police station to get details about the Punjab Police personnel who are yet to be given a clean chit in the case.

A team of the Uttarakhand Police has also come to New Delhi to collect details on Namdhari's guard Tyagi. Uttarakhand DGP Satyabrat Bansal said Tyagi had been with Namdhari since 2010. He was confirmed to be carrying a carbine rifle. Uttarkhand police sources said he had fired thrice from the gun during Saturday's shootout. Explaining the Ponty-Namdhari connection, they said the two came in contact about a decade ago and the businessman had entered the mining business in the state through Namdhari.

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 fields ranging from distilleries, multiplexes, sugar to paper mills.

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