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Nov 24, 2012 at 11:10pm IST

Namdhari admits to firing at Ponty's brother Hardeep, charged with attempt to murder

New Delhi: Sacked Uttarakhand Minorities Commission chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari on Saturday admitted that he had fired at Ponty Chadha's brother Hardeep during the shootout at Delhi's Chhatarpur farmhouse, where the two brothers died after allegedly opening fire at each other, the Prosecution told CNN-IBN. He also said that Namdhari has been charged with attempt to murder in the case and has been sent to five-day police custody. Namdhari was produced at Delhi's Saket court on Saturday in connection with the Chadha brothers' double murder case.

Namdhari reportedly defended himself in the court saying his arrest was illegal as none of the FIRs carried his name. He was arrested on the charges of trespassing on Friday after a team of Delhi Police brought him to the national capital after interrogating him at his farmhouse in Bazpur in Udhamsinghnagar district in Uttarakhand. Namdhari, who was a close aide of Ponty, was being considered as a key witness in the case because he was present at the farmhouse on November 17 when the two brothers allegedly killed each other.

The Prosecution also said that Namdhari was a henchman of Ponty. There were reports earlier that Namdhari could have hatched the conspiracy with Ponty to take over the farmhouse. Ponty and Hardeep had dispute over properties and police had on Thursday claimed that Namdhari's men could have aided Ponty in taking control of the disputed farmhouse hours before the killings.

Prior to the gunbattle at 12:30 pm on November 17, 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 mobiles of 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). We are verifying that," Vivek Gogia, Joint Commissioner of Police (South-West), told reporters on Thursday.

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