Ponty Chadha and his brother kill each other over property feud

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The disputed property is spread over more than 14 acres and a case regarding its ownership is pending in the Delhi HC

Prakhar Jain 
New Delhi

Photos: Shailendra Pandey

Liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep Chadha killed each other at a farmhouse in Chhattarpur area of Delhi on Saturday morning over a property feud. The quarrel over the disputed farmhouse was said to be simmering after the death of their father in 2011 and a case to determine its ownership is pending in the Delhi High Court.

Gunshots were first reportedly fired at around 11 am when an altercation between the brothers went out of control. Sources said that Hardeep was angry with Ponty’s attempt to take over the farmhouse, which was under his possession. In a fit of rage Hardeep first fired at Ponty, which resulted in Ponty’s security men firing back at Hardeep, leading to the death of both the brothers. Several bullet marks could be seen even at the exit of the farm house suggesting that many shots were also fired at men who tried to flee.

Delhi Police spokesperson confirmed that Ponty Chadha was hit by 13 bullets while four bullets were found on Hardeep’s body. They were taken to a nearby private hospital where they were declared dead. Relatives said that Ponty’s body was later taken to All India Institute of Medical Sciences for a post-mortem.

Vivek Gogia, Joint Commissioner of Police (south-western range), who inspected the site later in the afternoon, said, “We have registered a case and are investigating the matter.” He, however, refused to divulge any further detail. Delhi police spokesperson also refused to immediately comment about injuries sustained by others present at the farmhouse and the number of people detained or arrested in connection with the matter.

Ponty Chadha, less known by his real name Gurdeep Singh Chadha, ran a large number of liquor shops in the state of Uttar Pradesh and had interests in the field of real estate, sugar mills and film production spread across the country. His entire empire is estimated to be worth more than Rs 5000 crore, which is said to have grown because of his proximity to the ruling politicians in various states.

Prakhar Jain is a Correspondent with Tehelka. 
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