Having barely begun, inquiry into how Ponty Chadha's Uttarakhand-based aide Sukhdev Singh Namdhari got an arms licence from Punjab has run into rough weather. At the time of issuance of the licence in April 1995, and the first renewal in 2004, the address he gave on his application was part of Rupnagar district. But the Rupnagar administration is struggling to find the record now.
"We have still not received the record from Rupnagar," said Darshan Singh Mann, superintendent of police (SP), headquarters, SAS Nagar.
As for the SAS Nagar district administration, which renewed the licence for five years in 2008, deputy commissioner (DC) Varun Roojam said he had asked the additional DC to probe the matter.
SAS Nagar was carved out as a separate district from within Rupnagar in 2006.
Namdhari, alleged conspirator in the Delhi farmhouse shootout in which Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep were killed, had managed to get the licence after claiming himself to be a resident of Master Colony, Chandigarh Road, Kurali - a vague address with no house number or coordinates that was somehow 'verified' by the police thrice.
The matter had hit the headlines after a .762mm pistol - one of the three guns registered on the licence - was recovered from Namdhari's actual house at Bazpur in Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand. The Delhi police suspect Namdhari used this pistol in the shootout.
Despite having the licence issued from SAS Nagar, Namdhari never in the past 17 years deposited the arms, not even during the elections.