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Police recover pistol Namdhari used to fire at Hardeep

Nov 25, 2012 10:59 AM IST India India

New Delhi: The pistol that sacked Uttarakhand Minorities Commission chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari used to shoot at real estate annd liquor baron Ponty Chadha's brother Hardeep on November 17 has been recovered. The Delhi Police Crime Branch team recovered the pistol from Namdhari's farmhouse in Bazpur in Udhamsinghnagar district in Uttarakhand.

Delhi Police had recovered two licensed pistols from the scene of the shootout last week. Police said they also found 122 live cartridges in Hardeep's Mercedes, which could mean that Ponty's brother had come well-prepared to the farmhouse.

Namdhari was taken to his Bazpur farmhouse on Sunday. He will also be taken to other parts of the state as well as to neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, from where the police are likely to detain his aides. Ponty and Hardeep had dispute over properties and police had claimed that Namdhari's men could have aided Ponty in taking control of the Chadha family's disputed farmhouse in Delhi hours before the two brothers allegedly opened fire at each other.

Police had said on Saturday that Namdhari had admitted to firing at Hardeep during the shootout at Delhi's Chhatarpur farmhouse and has been charged with attempt to murder. A Delhi court sent him to a five-day police custody after hearing the case. Earlier, he was arrested by the police for multiple charges like trespassing, robbery and attempt to murder.

Namdhari, however, has refuted the charges saying it is a political conspiracy against him as none of the FIRs in the double murder case of Ponty and his brother Hardeep case carry his name.

Earlier, there were reports that Namdhari could have hatched the conspiracy with Ponty to take over the farmhouse. The reports suggested that prior to the gunbattle at 12:30 pm on November 17, which claimed the lives of the Chadha brothers, Ponty's men had allegedly entered the farmhouse at around 11 am, fired in air and snatched mobiles of Hardeep's staff before throwing them out. "Some people have given us statements that Namdhari's men were also part of the group (that trespassed into the Chhattarpur farmhouse). We are verifying that," Vivek Gogia, Joint Commissioner of Police (South-West), had told reporters on Thursday.