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Chhatarpur conspiracy was hatched over morning tea

Jatin Anand, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 26, 2012
First Published: 00:19 IST(26/11/2012) | Last Updated: 00:21 IST(26/11/2012)

A day after he was sent to judicial custody for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy which left his patron Gurdeep alias ‘Ponty’ Chadha and his younger brother Hardeep dead, sources claimed everything was planned over tea the morning of the bloodbath.

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Sources said a fresh case, this time under the Arms Act, will also be registered against him for using a weapon licensed in another state in Delhi without proper documentation.

Minutes after giving his men the go-ahead to forcibly occupy farmhouse number 42 at DLF Chhatarpur, Sukhdev Singh Namdhari — the sacked chairman of the Uttarakhand State Minorities Commission — told the police that Ponty had visited his south Delhi residence. There, they decided to storm that farmhouse and settle the matter once and for all.

“Ponty was visiting Namdhari, his muscleman since 1994. The intent, initially, had been only to occupy the farmhouse like any other property both had grabbed across several states,” said an officer. Minutes later, however, Namdhari came face-to-face with his younger brother Hardeep, ironically, for the first time.

The morning meeting on Saturday, sources said, was preceded by one on Thursday evening during which it had been decided that they will storm two farmhouses — one at southwest Delhi’s Bijwasan, and the other at Chhatarpur. The former property, sources claimed, was to be retained by Ponty and the latter was to be bestowed on Namdhari as a ‘reward’.

“During questioning, Namdhari had admitted to having fired thrice at Hardeep when he pulled the gun at him. He, however, said he was unsure whether he hit him or not. Only the ballistics test will clarify this,” the officer said.


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