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Ponty Chadha, brother killed in farmhouse duel

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 18, 2012
First Published: 10:59 IST(18/11/2012) | Last Updated: 12:03 IST(18/11/2012)

In a classical mafia-style shootout, liquor-to-real estate boss Gurdeep Singh ‘Ponty’ Chadha and his younger brother Hardeep killed each other on Saturday afternoon over the ownership of a three-acre farmhouse at DLF Chhatarpur Farms area in south Delhi’s Mehrauli.

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Saturday morning started peacefully for Hardeep — who recently got possession of the farmhouse after a two-month-long court battle — till 59-year-old big brother Ponty stormed into the house around 11.30am with his toughs in tow to regain control of the property.

A police officer investigating the case said, “Having gained access to the property in minutes, Ponty drove off to fetch one of his friends, an Uttarakhand government official, to act as a mediator. But an agitated Hardeep rushed to the spot and called his lawyer for advice.”

The brothers, each accompanied by a dozen Punjab Police guards, finally came face-to-face outside the farmhouse around 12.15pm. Arguments turned ugly and Hardeep reportedly drew first blood, shooting his elder brother in the chest.

But he got shot later in a pitched gunbattle between his and Ponty’s guards.

At least 40 rounds were fired from three different kinds of licensed weapons, including an AK-47. Initial medical examination of both brothers revealed that Ponty took 15 bullets — six of them in the chest — while Hardeep was shot four times.

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