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Posted on Nov 20, 10:19PM | IANS
Four more people have been arrested in the killing of liquor and real estate magnate Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep Chadha over a property dispute, police said Tuesday.
The four arrested are Udayraj Singh alias Anna, 44, personal security officer (PSO) of Ponty Chadha's son; Rajpal, 36, PSO of Ponty Chadha's daughter; Bhupinder Singh Bist, 60, protocol manager, and Anand Singh Bist, 37, a driver.
The quartet were among a group of 30-40 people who entered the farmhouse in Chhattarpur on Saturday morning, beat up Hardeep's men, snatched their mobile phones, fired in the air and threw them out, police said Tuesday.
They have been booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including Section 302 (murder), Section 307 (attempt to murder) and Section 452 (trespassing with the intent to cause hurt or wrongful restraint).
Police have registered three FIRs in the scuffle and shoot-out that took place between the Chadha brothers' men Saturday at south Delhi's Chhattarpur farmhouse No.42 and at G-19 Bijwasan farmhouse.
"Two FIRs have been registered in the Chhattarpur shoot-out incident while the third FIR has been registered in the scuffle that took place at the Bijwasan farmhouse," said Vivek Gogia, Joint Commissioner of Police.
The total number of arrests has now gone up to six. Two other employees of Ponty Chadha -- Madan Rana and Vijay alias Malik -- were arrested Monday in connection with the Bijwasan farmhouse scuffle.
A bloody gun battle Saturday left Ponty Chadha and his estranged brother Hardeep dead. It came within hours of another clash between the aides of the two brothers.
Gogia said the two separate scuffles were reported Saturday from both the farmhouses at the same time around 11 a.m.
"No one received injuries in the scuffle at Bijwasan farmhouse where there was no report of firing. However, at the Chhattarpur farmhouse, the liquor baron's men had allegedly tried to evict Hardeep's staff after firing there," said Gogia.
Later, around 12.30 p.m. both the brothers were killed at the Chhattarpur farmhouse in a shootout.
Questions have also been raised about the response by police to a call made at around 11.50 a.m. Saturday about the scuffle at the Chhattarpur farmhouse.
Police said the personnel who had gone to the spot had reported that they could not find anything untoward there.
Gogia did not reply to questions whether a prompt response to the first call by PCR personnel could have averted the incident.
He also did not answer whether the statements of Uttarakhand Minorities Commission Chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, who had gone to the spot with Ponty, and his PSO Tyagi, matched. To another question, he said they would keep talking to Namdhari as he was the "informant" of the incident.
"Namdhari has given us his version. We are verifying it. It is subject to investigation," Gogia said.
Police said Monday that tension was brewing between Ponty and Hardeep over the ownership of the two farmhouses for a couple of days before their killing and that community elders and their family had been trying to sort out the issue.