Cremation Delayed

A ‘botched up’ autopsy on Sunday led to the deferment of cremation of liquor baron Ponty Chadha. The Police  insisted on another post mortem when doctors informed them that they have not removed three bullets from his body.

Ponty was killed along with his brother Hardeep when both sides opened fire at each other on Saturday at a farmhouse in south Delhi’s Chhattarpur following a dispute over ownership of the property.

The family had announced that they will cremate both brothers at Lodhi crematorium this evening. However, after fresh developments, the family is quiet about the day of cremation.

A senior police official said Ponty’s postmortem was conducted and his body was handed over to the family initially but later doctors who conducted the autopsy told the investigators that three bullets were still lodged in his body.

‘In such a scenario, we cannot permit the body to be cremated. Law does not allow it. We have taken the body back to AIIMS,’ the official said.

Police personnel were deployed in large numbers at AIIMS where the body was taken for re-postmortem. Ponty’s family claimed that senior police officials have assured them that the re-postmortem will be held tonight.

Tension prevailed initially when the police tried to take Ponty’s body back. Finally, the police allowed the body to be taken inside the house following the family’s request that a lot of relatives and friends have gathered there to pay their last respect.
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