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Police set to question fourth witness in Ponty Chadha double murder case

Police set to question fourth witness in Ponty Chadha double murder case
Ten days after the murder of liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep Chadha, investigators are set to question the fourth key witness in the case.

Narender Ahlawat, the security manager of the former Uttarakhand Minorities Commission chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, had received a bullet injury on his leg during the gun battle at the Chhattarpur Farm No 42 on 17 November, which killed Ponty and Hardeep. He is now well enough to give a statement to the police, and will soon be questioned, a senior police officer said.

Namdhari, his security officer Sachin Tyagi, and Rajdev, the driver of Ponty Chadha’s daughter-in-law, have already been questioned.

Narender, the fourth key witness, remains to be questioned, the officer said, adding that questioning Narender would be especially important since the three other witnesses have given different versions of the sequence of events of 17 November.

A special team of Delhi Police has scrutinised more than a hundred people, and is now camping in Uttarakhand for three days.

The investigating team could not reach any view on several things that remain mysterious: Did Namdhari fire on Hardeep? Was Ponty shot by Hardeep or by someone else? Was there a conspiracy behind the shootout?

‘Namdhari would be produced in the court Thursday. He was sent to police remand for five days, and that period ends tomorrow,’ Deputy Commissioner of police (Crime) S B S Tyagi said.

As Namdhari is the key witness in the case, police will seek his custody for a few more days to unravel some more points of the shootout.

Police had informed the court that Namdhari opened fire in the shootout. However, it is not known if Hardeep died of a bullet fired by Sachin Tyagi or Namdhari.

Earlier, police arrested seven persons in connection with the shootout at the Chhattarpur farmhouse, and a scuffle at a farmhouse in Bijwasan.

Namdhari, who is involved in more than 26 criminal cases, was suspended from the post of Uttarakhand Minorities Commission chairman after he was found to have been at the site of the shootout. He was arrested by Delhi Police on charges of trespass and attempt to murder. ‘Namdhari was looking after the huge business empire of Ponty Chadha. He had a share in Ponty’s several properties in Uttarakhand and some other states,’ a close aide of Namdhari said.


Delhi Police are likely to seek further custody of Sukhdev Singh Namdhari in connection with the Ponty Chadha shootout case with investigators claiming that they have to collect more evidence. Namdhari’s five-day custody will end on Thursday and police will produce him before court. A senior police official said they will seek further custody of Namdhari and with his help, they hope to collect more evidence. Delhi Police had alleged that Namdhari opened fire at Hardeep, a charge denied by Namdhari. investigators also suspect that Namdhari tampered with his gun. Namdhari’s son, a relative and driver, who allegedly helped him in tampering with the gun, are absconding, police said.
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