Ponty Chadha, brother kill each other
In what apparently seemed like a gory fratricidal end to a family feud over property, controversial liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep were killed in a shootout between themselves inside their farmhouse at Chattarpur in south Delhi on Saturday, reports said.
The details of the incident were unclear still but the 55--year-old liquor baron who ruled over many other businesses, including owning multiplexes and sugar mills, and was close to top politicians across parties, was confirmed dead and the brothers probably shot each other.
His brother Hardeep also died, reports said.
The two brothers were at loggerheads and they probably shot each other but that was yet to be confirmed.
Ponty was brought to hospital at around 1 pm where he was declared dead.
Police soureces told media that six bullets were pumped into the body of Ponty while his brother got eight bullets in his body.
It could be that the guard of Hardeep retaliated by shooting at Ponty after he shot at his brother.
The guard was also reportedly injured.
The bodies of both brothers were sent to AIIMS for post mortem.
Ponty's business empire is worth Rs 6000 crore.
"There was a family dispute that was there," Gaurav Kanth, who was lawyer of Ponty's brother Hardeep, told reporters. He said there were issues but he was not sure of what exactly caused a flash point.
On Oct 5, a firing was reported from a house owned by the Uttar Pradesh liquor baron in his Moradabad house.
Chadha, who was 55, ruled the liquor trade in Uttar Pradesh and he was controversial too and known for enjoying special favours during the regime of former UP chief minister Mayawati. He was also close to the Samajwadi Party, reports said.
There were allegations that he bought liquor at cheap rates and sold them later at a premium.
Chadha was also a real estate baron and was in news after the Supreme Court issued a notice to the UP government on land allotments in Noida.
Chadha and his two brothers owned the Chadha Group, which was consolidated under the Wave brand.