Investigations have revealed that at the time when more than two dozen men seized the Chadhas’ Chhattarpur farmhouse, between 10am and 11am on Saturday, another group of goons was forcing its way inside the Bijwasan farmhouse.
NEW DELHI – Was Saturday’s shootout that killed businessman Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep planned? The scale of violence in terms of people involved and gunfire spent supports this theory, investigators say. They also believe that, had the brothers not run into each other at the Chhattarpur farmhouse (number 42), the fatal encounter could still have occurred at the family’s farmhouse in Bijwasan (number G19), southwest Delhi.
Investigations have revealed that at the time when more than two dozen men seized the Chadhas’ Chhattarpur farmhouse, between 10am and 11am on Saturday, another group of goons was forcing its way inside the Bijwasan farmhouse. Two men, identified as Madan Rana and Vijay alias Malik, have been arrested for suspected involvement in the raid and police have now registered a third FIR under sections of dacoity, arms Act, trespass and kidnapping. Police are also trying to find out if Rana and Malik were hired by Ponty.
Police have also not confirmed whether the men who raided the farmhouse represented Ponty or another person.
Sources said investigators are puzzled by Ponty’s decision to visit the Chhattarpur farmhouse without his own security officer and driver. He went accompanied only by his friend Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, chairman of Uttarakhand’s minorities commission, and the latter’s personal security officer, Sachin Tyagi, who allegedly shot dead Hardeep. The case of murder was registered on Namdhari’s statement.
The second FIR, registered under sections of trespass, dacoity with attempt to cause death (397), and kidnapping (365) at Mehrauli police station, and witnesses’ accounts reveal that the Chhattapur farmhouse was vandalized before the shootout. Locks were broken, Hardeep’s employees were forced out of the farmhouse, and an attempt was made to efface Hardeep’s name from the entrance with black paint.
One of Hardeep’s employees who reportedly called him up to report the incursion was caught and taken to an unknown place. All the other farmhouse workers were then made to surrender their phones. The goons also fired in the air to frighten the staff. After clearing out Hardeep’s staff, the goons reportedly installed their own locks on the farmhouse gates and were awaiting Ponty’s arrival. However, Hardeep, alerted by the phone call, left a meeting in Noida midway and rushed to Chhattarpur.
Police say the shootout may not have happened had the brothers not reached the farmhouse at almost the same time. As Ponty and Hardeep collapsed, the gang that had seized the Bijwasan property was asked to clear out.