Eight accused surrender in Ponty Chadha case

Eight absconding accused in the November, 2012 cross-firing at the Chattarpur farmhouse of liquor baron and real estate businessman Gurdeep Singh Chadha alias Ponty Chadha surrendered before two courts in Delhi and Uttarakhand on Thursday.

Ponty Chadha and his younger brother Hardeep were killed in the incident. Baaj Singh, Pargat Singh, Kulbir, Hardayal Singh, Balkar Singh, Bakshish Singh and Satnam Singh were presented in the court of chief metropolitan magistrate Raj Kumar Tripathi at Saket.

The eighth accused is a juvenile and was produced in a court in Uttarakhand’s Udham Singh Nagar district.

 Police will file a supplementary charge sheet against the juvenile. Satnam was Ponty’s private security guard, while the remaining seven are “henchmen” of sacked Uttarakhand minority commission chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari.

Tripathi remanded Baaj, Pargat, Kulbir and Bakshish in seven days’ custody of Delhi Police’s crime branch.

The police will conduct test identification parade on Satnam, Balkar and Hardayal.

The police want to recover weapons and ammunition used in the shoot-out and will take the accused to Uttar Pradesh’s Bareily, Rampur, Milak and Suar, besides Rudrapur and Bajpur in Uttarakhand.

“We will confront the accused with call detail records of different phones and CCTV footage of the farmhouses. We also need to interrogate them as they were arrested on Thursday,” inspector Jitender Singh, the case’s investigating officer, told the court.

The police said two more absconding accused — Inderpal and Premveer — will soon be arrested.

Satnam was Ponty’s private security guard, while the remaining seven are “henchmen” of sacked Uttarakhand minority commission chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari

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