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Chhatarpur shootout: Cops unable to trace gun expert

delhi Updated: Dec 06, 2012 00:08 IST
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Delhi Police have only two days to trace the mechanic who changed the numerical code of sacked Uttarakhand minorities committee chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari's gun. The court is unlikely to extend Namdhari’s police custody beyond Friday. Identified as Jahangir, the gun expert is crucial in establishing that Namdhari tampered with evidence.

There is also the problem of discrepancies in the statements of both Namdhari and his PSO Sachin Tyagi about what happened in the shootout on November 17 in which Ponty Chadha and Hardeep Singh were killed. The Delhi Police are now planning to confront Namdhari with Tyagi.

A senior police official said Namdhari had been accompanied by 32 people at the time of the shootout. "Namdhari had arranged arms licences and weapons for the Khalsa Brigade from Amritsar. These weapons were used by the Khalsa brigade on November 17 when they had tried to wrest control of the properties at Kapashera and Chhatarpur that were in Hardeep's possession," the officer said.

Namdhari has been in police custody for 11 days now, yet the police have failed to arrest his over two dozen musclemen who had played a crucial role in grabbing the farmhouse.

Several teams of Delhi Police are now conducting raids in Meerut, Pilibhit in UP and in several cities of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Namdhari had promised to help the investigators in arresting them and had even disclosed five names.

"He had assured us help in arresting Hardayal Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Jasbir Singh, Balkar Singh and Baaj Singh. None of them have been arrested but we have managed to recover two vehicles and few arms that have been sent for forensic examination," the police officer said.

Rajinder is now Wave’s CMD

In a statement on Wednesday, Wave Group said it has appointed Rajinder Singh Chadha, owner Ponty Chadha’s brother, as its chairman and MD. Ponty’s son Manpreet Singh Chadha (Monty) has been appointed as its vice-chairman. Rajinder is currently looking after Wave’s sugar, entertainment, paper and other businesses. - PTI