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November 19th, 2012

Ponty, Hardeep shot 20 times, say police

AGENCY
NEW DELHI: The post mortems conducted on liquor and real estate baron Ponty Chadha and his estranged brother Hardeep Singh Chadha 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 liquor and real estate baron Ponty Chadha 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) Sunday revealed that the two had received 20 bullets among them.
The police have picked up for questioning several people including the security personnel of Ponty Chadha and Hardeep, who were killed in a shooting incident between their groups at their farmhouse in south Delhi yesterday.
“Several people are being questioned as a part of the investigation into the Ponty Chadha case. No arrest has been made yet,” Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.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 5:00 PM Sunday after the first post mortem but was brought back to AIIMS for another autopsy to take out the remaining bullets. “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.
Police are trying to find out why only the estranged brothers — Gurpreet Singh Chadha alias Ponty Chadha and Hardeep Chadha — were killed in the shootout that involved several shots being fired and lasted nearly 30 minutes at a farmhouse in Chhattarpur Saturday.
Chadha’s father Kulwant Singh Chadha started off in the early 1960s by setting up a liquor shop at Ramnagar in Uttarakhand. Next came a sugar-crusher in Uttar Pradesh. What happened next is hazy at best but over the years, especially in the last 15 years, Chadha went on to become a liquor and real estate magnate.
The Wave Inc website puts the company’s turnover at Rs. 2, 500 crore, but other estimates of Chadha’s wealth are far grander. His thriving real estate business, mostly in Uttar Pradesh, is valued at around Rs. 10,000 crore. He was the lone wholesaler for liquor in Uttar Pradesh – a Rs. 14,000-crore business as per 2011 figures.

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