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Ponty Chadha murder: 'Hardeep rejected deal to split property'

Nov 19, 2012 09:31 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: Sources said on Monday that liquor-to-real estate boss Ponty Chaddha and his brother Hardeep had agreed to split their empire, but the deal broke down leading to the dramatic farmhouse shootout which killed the two. The two were cremated on Sunday, albeit after a delay as the police called for a second post-mortem.

One person has been detained for the shootout. He has been identified as Sachin Tyagi, the personal security officer (PSO) of Uttarakhand Minority Commission Chief SS Namdhari. Tyagi is an employee of the Uttarakhand Police. A five-member police team from Uttarakhand is in Delhi.

A team from Punjab police had visited the crime scene on Sunday as the PSOs protecting Hardeep were from Punjab Police.

Sources say that Ponty, Hardeep and their mother met lawyers last Thursday to finalise on splitting up the entire Chaddha group. While Hardeep agreed with the settlement on Thursday, with a clause of him not operating in UP, however, he refused it a day later which upset Ponty, and eventually led to the shootout on Saturday.

The post mortems conducted on Sunday revealed that the two received 20 bullets among them, a police officer said. Ponty's body underwent two autopsies, the second round exclusively for removing bullets left behind earlier.

In the second autopsy on Ponty, four more bullets were extracted from his body, police said.

The first post mortem conducted on Ponty Chadha and his estranged brother Hardeep Singh Chadha at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Sunday revealed that the two had received 20 bullets among them.

The police officer, citing initial findings of the post mortems, said Ponty Chadha received 12 bullets while Hardeep was shot eight times.

"Ponty had received seven bullets. Three of the bullets were extracted from his body in the first post mortem but four other bullets could not be taken out," said the officer.

He added that a bullet was found in Hardeep's body while the remaining bullets pierced through him. He said the post mortems were videographed.

Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said that Ponty Chadhda's body was handed over to his relatives around 5 pm on Sunday after the first post mortem but was brought back to AIIMS for another autopsy to take out the remaining bullets.

"Four bullets that doctors failed to extract from Ponty Chadha's body in the first post mortem have been extracted and his body has been handed over to his family members for cremation," said Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police.

"We are questioning 15 people who were at the farmhouse during the gun battle. We are trying to piece together the sequence of events," a police officer said on the condition of anonymity.

(With additional information from IANS)