Ponty shootout case: Police recreate scene of crime

  • Faizan Haider, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Nov 28, 2012 01:57 IST

Delhi Police on Tuesday took the crucial eyewitnesses in the Chattarpur shootout case of November 17 to the crime scene and recreated the sequence of events once again. Liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother younger Hardeep Singh were killed in a shootout between them.

Sources said Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, the sacked minorities commission chairman of Uttarakhand, and his PSO Sachin Tyagi were taken to farmhouse number 42. Ponty's driver assisted the police. Apart from them, three policemen were present for the re-enactment - one posed as Narendra Ahlawat, who had faced a bullet injury, and the other two as the Chadha brothers.

"For us, only six men were there at that time of which two are dead now. With the remaining four, we recreated the sequence of events on the basis of statements given by them. Even these four are unable to recall everything correctly as they tried to save themselves when the shootout started," a senior police officer said.

"One thing is for sure and that is that everybody didn't see everything. Whatever they are telling is very sketchy. Once we have the ballistic, forensic and post-mortem reports together, only then will we be able to reach close to what exactly happened," the officer added.  

Namdhari's custody will end on Wednesday and investigators are likely to seek an extension as his son and a gun expert, who allegedly changed the numerical code of the gun, are still out of reach. Experts said every gun has a numerical code and from the records of licensing authority and ballistic reports, it can be matched whether the bullets found from the spot were fired by Namdhari's gun.

"He will be produced in court and we need him to confirm whether the gun was tampered with. If found true, Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the IPC will be added to the existing FIR," he said.

"Namdhari has given a few names but we cannot rely on him. We are verifying their roles," the officer added.

Namdhari also said Ponty had bought nearly 2,800 acres of land in South Africa recently. Police are probing whether it has any connection with the murder.

 

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