Ponty, brother shot 20 times, say police (Lead)

Syndicated from IANS | Published on Sun, Nov 18 2012 22:03 IST | 4 Views | Add comment
New Delhi, Nov 18

The post mortems conducted on liquor and real estate baron Ponty Chadha and his estranged brother Hardeep Singh Chadha Sunday revealed that the two received 20 bullets among them, a police officer said. Their bodies underwent two autopsies each, the second round exclusively for removing bullets left behind earlier.

In the second autopsy on liquor and real estate baron Ponty Chadha four more bullets were extracted from his body, police said.

The first post mortem conducted on Ponty Chadha and his estranged brother Hardeep Singh Chadha at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Sunday revealed that the two had received 20 bullets among them.

The police officer, citing initial findings of the post mortems, said Ponty Chadha received 12 bullets while Hardeep was shot eight times.

"Ponty had received seven bullets. Three of the bullets were extracted from his body in the first post mortem but four other bullets could not be taken out," said the officer.

He added that a bullet was found in Hardeep's body while the remaining bullets pierced through him.

He said the post mortems were videographed.

Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said that Ponty Chadhda's body was handed over to his relatives around 5 p.m. Sunday after the first post mortem but was brought back to AIIMS for another autopsy to take out the remaining bullets.

"Four bullets that doctors failed to extract from Ponty Chadha's body in the first post mortem have been extracted and his body has been handed over to his family members for cremation," said Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police.

"We are questioning 15 people who were at the farmhouse during the gun battle. We are trying to piece together the sequence of events," a police officer said on the condition of anonymity.

Police are trying to find out why only the estranged brothers -- Gurpreet Singh Chadha alias Ponty Chadha and Hardeep Chadha -- were killed in the shootout that involved several shots being fired and lasted nearly 30 minutes at a farmhouse in Chhattarpur Saturday.

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