New Delhi: Liquor baron Gurpreet Singh Chadha alias Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep Singh Chadha have been killed after they fired at each other at a farmhouse in Delhi's Chhattarpur area on Saturday afternoon following an altercation over their business interests.
Ponty Chadha and his brother were rushed to the hospital with sources saying that the liquor baron was still alive. Sources say Ponty had six bullet wounds and succumbed to his injuries soon after he was brought in.
The police reached the spot after they received a call about the firing. Police officials called the firing a case of personal feud with sources saying that six bullets each were fired at by the two brothers at each other. They say that the two brothers were having an argument over a real estate deal while taking a stroll in the farmhouse. Soon the argument turned into a heated altercation following which the firing took place resulting in the death of both.
His brother's wife reportedly told the police that Ponty Chadha fired at her husband, who was also fired at by the guard. The guard was also injured in the retaliatory firing. But preliminary investigation show that Ponty's brother fired the first shot.
Police are banking on the injured security guard's statement to unravel the entire sequence of events. Police have also recovered two pistols from the farmhouse and a few bullets.
Hardeep's lawyer Gaurang Kanth said that both the brothers wanted to go their separate ways after their father Kulwant Singh Chadha's death. "This is a sad news. There was a lot of problem as far as the property division is concerned after the father's death. There were a lot of joint businesses where all the three brothers were on the board. They had been discussing the settlements, but it wasn't moving forward," Kanth said.
Ponty Chadha was the sole liquor distributor in Uttar Pradesh. He also had business interests in real estate, sugar mills and film production.
The meteoric rise of Ponty Chadha in the last 10 years had led to a lot of speculation about the real source of his wealth and his political affiliations. He was considered to be very close to both Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and the Samajwadi Party, which is presently ruling Uttar Pradesh.