Liquor baron Ponty Chadha and brother shoot each other dead
In a sensational incident right out of a crime serial, liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother, Hardeep, died of bullet injuries on Saturday after they allegedly fired at each other during a meeting which was held at their farmhouse in Mehrauli in south Delhi, to sort their ongoing property dispute.
The incident was reported around 1 pm when gunshots were heard at Chadha's sprawling farmhouse. Sources said the meeting began peacefully but soon an argument ensued between them. The argument turned nasty after both brothers whipped out guns and so did their supporters which were with them, said a senior police officer. Soon, they opened fire in which bullets hit both brothers in the chest .
There were conflicting reports about the firing. Some of the witnesses told cops that Hardeep whipped out a gun after which Ponty's security guards opened fire even as Hardeep fired too. As per witnesses, guards tried to intervene but they also suffered injuries in the incident.
Both the brothers were rushed to hospital where they were declared dead after initial attempts to revive them failed. Police were informed and senior officers rushed to the spot.
The crime and FSL team rushed to the scene of crime and lifted finger prints and other evidence. Empty cartridges have been recovered and the cops are trying to ascertain the weapons used in the firing. Investigation is in progress and a case under appropriate sections is being registered.
Chadha's business empire constitutes distilleries, multiplexes, sugar and paper mills, real estate, poultry and films. He was producer of the Sunny Deol starrer Jo Bole So Nihaal. He is one of the prominent names in liquor business in Uttar Pradesh and was granted the sole distributorship for liquor under the Mayawati regime.
- Asian Tribune -