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.