Ponty Chadha murder: Key witness Namdhari arrested for trespass

Sacked Uttarakhand Minorities Commission chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari is considered a key witness in the double murder case of Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep Singh.

FP Staff November 23, 2012 18:25:29 IST
Ponty Chadha murder: Key witness Namdhari arrested for trespass

Sacked Uttarakhand Minorities Commission chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, who is considered a key witness in the double murder case of Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep Singh, has been arrested by the Delhi police.

CNN-IBN reported that Namdhari, who is a close aide of Ponty Chadha, had been arrested for trespassing, as he had been present at the Chhatarpur farmhouse in Delhi on 17 November  when the two brothers allegedly opened fire at each other.

Namdhari’s men reportedly helped the liquor baron’s aides take control of the Chhattarpur farmhouse No 42 in south Delhi from Hardeep Singh before the shootout.

Ponty Chadha murder Key witness Namdhari arrested for trespass

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Namdhari is being seen as a key witness in the case. A Delhi police team had picked up Namdhari from his farmhouse at Bazpur in Udhamsinghnagar district in Uttarakhand and brought him to the national capital. The police also questioned him at his farmhouse before taking him into custody.

Namdhari earlier refuted reports suggesting that he had gone into hiding after the Delhi farmhouse shootout in which Ponty and his brother Hardeep were killed.

“I filed the FIR in connection with the shootout incident and have been always ready to cooperate with the police in its investigations,” he said.

Prior to the gunbattle at 12.30 pm which claimed the lives of the Chadha brothers, Ponty’s men had allegedly entered the farmhouse at around 11 am, fired in air and snatched mobile phones belonging to Hardeep’s staff before throwing them out.

“Some people have given us statements that Namdhari’s men were also part of the group (that trespassed into the Chhattarpur farmhouse),” Vivek Gogia, Joint Commissioner of Police (South-West), told reporters earlier.

Apart from Namdhari, police have so far arrested seven persons in connection with the trespass in the Chattarpur and Bijwasan farmhouses.

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