Ponty Chadha, brother killed in gunfight over property dispute

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Controversial liquor baron and real estate magnate Gurdeep Singh Chadha, better known as Ponty Chadha, and his brother Hardeep were killed today in a gunfight during a meeting called at a farmhouse in south Delhi to resolve a property dispute. A third person, said to be a member of Ponty's staff, was being treated for gunshot injuries.

It is not clear who shot Ponty but police sources claimed it was Hardeep who first opened fire, prompting Ponty's guards to return fire. Hardeep tried to flee but he was chased and shot. Other than private guards, both brothers had been assigned Punjab Armed Police personnel for their security.

The incident took place shortly after noon at 42, Central Drive, Chattarpur Farms. The brothers were locked in a property dispute which escalated after the death of their father a year ago. A relative said the brothers lived at another farmhouse — No. 21— with their families. The brothers met at No. 42 to discuss work matters.

The Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj said: "Mr Gurdeep Singh Chadha was brought dead to the hospital at 1305 hours."

A doctor at the hospital said Ponty's body was riddled with bullets. "Until there's a post-mortem, we won't know the exact number of bullets but the entire chest and abdominal region had wounds," the doctor said, adding that Ponty was brought to the hospital by his guards and security personnel. Later, members of the family turned up. His body was taken to AIIMS for a post-mortem examination.

The Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon confirmed that a member of Ponty's staff had been brought to the hospital around 2 pm. Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman and managing director of Medanta Medicity, said: "One member of his staff was brought with gunshot injuries and we have registered a MLC (medico-legal case). His treatment is underway."

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