With Ponty and Hardeep Chadha murders still shrouded in mystery, cops arrest guards

Ponty Chadha

Days after the gruesome deaths of Ponty and Hardeep Chadha came to light, police are yet to provide an actual, blow-by-blow account of what transpired at the farmhouse, fuelling numerous rumours about contract killings and more.

However, four guards of Ponty Chadha have been arrested for allegedly entering a farmhouse and thrashing men there on Saturday, hours before the liquor baron was killed at the same place even as questions were raised about police response to a call made to them about a scuffle.

The four men were among a group of people that entered the farmhouse in Chhattarpur here on Saturday morning, beat up men of Ponty's younger brother Hardeep, with whom the liquor baron had a dispute, and threw them out before firing in air and snatching their mobile phones, police said today.

Those arrested have been identified as Udayraj Singh, Bhupinder Singh Bisht, Rajpal and Anand Singh Bisht – all men of Ponty, Joint Commissioner of Police (South-West) Vivek Gogia told reporters.

This incident at around 11 AM had preceded the shootout later in the south Delhi farmhouse in which Ponty and Hardeep were killed almost 90 minutes later.

Tension was brewing between Ponty and Hardeep for a couple of days before their killing and on the same day in south-west Delhi's Bijwasan area, the liquor baron's men had allegedly tried to evict Hardeep's staff from a farmhouse. Two persons --Madan Rana and Vijay-- were arrested in this connection.

Questions have also been raised about the response of the police to a call made at around 11:50 AM on Saturday about the scuffle inside the Chhattarpur farm.

Police said the personnel who had gone to the spot had reported that they could not find anything untoward there and everything was peaceful though bullets were fired in the air when Ponty's men beat up Hardeep's staff.

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