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Ponty had strong Punjab connections

Chandigarh, Nov 19, 2012 IANS:

From Punjab Police security moving around him and his family members with sophisticated weapons and close relationships with leading politicians from the state to major real estate and industrial investments, liquor baron Ponty Chadha had strong connections with Punjab.

When Ponty, whose real name was Gurdeep Singh Chadha, was killed in a shoot out with younger brother Hardeep at a disputed farmhouse in Mehrauli on Saturday, both sides had their respective Punjab Armed Police securitymen with them.

Punjab Police, who had provided Ponty and his family with security as he enjoyed patronage from top leaders cutting across party lines, have now sent a senior officer to Delhi to inquire the role of its personnel in the shoot out that left both the Chadha brothers riddled with bullets and dead.


Though he did not hail from Punjab, being from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, Ponty Chadha broke into the big league of the state’s liquor trade for the first time in 1997.

Thanks to the patronage extended by the Akali Dal leadership, which was then in power, Chadha was brought in to break the monopoly of the Ludhiana-based Garcha group in the liquor trade.

After that, there was no looking back. Using his clout with the Congress leadership in the Central government, Chadha was able to hold sway in Punjab’s liquor trade even when the Akali Dal government went out of power and the Congress regime came in 2002.

Within no time, he was considered the closest to Congress chief minister Amarinder Singh and the coterie around him. Chadha held absolute monopoly over the liquor trade in Punjab for the next few years.

He set up two distilleries, in Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur districts, in recent years. His company also bought a Coca Cola bottling plant near Amritsar. He invested heavily in malls and real estate in Ludhiana, Mohali near Chandigarh, Jalandhar and other places.
He had been a film distributor in the state earlier.

Chadha, a Sikh by religion who had humble beginnings selling snacks outside his father’s modest country liquor vend in Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, soon rubbed shoulders with top Punjab and Haryana leaders alike.

During a family wedding earlier this year, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and other leaders could be seen with the liquor baron.

Even at his funeral on Sunday, Chautala was present at the cremation ground in Delhi.

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