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Ponty guards held, glare on cops

New Delhi, Nov. 20: Four of Ponty Chadha’s private guards were arrested today for allegedly trying to grab control of the Chattarpur farmhouse from his brother Hardeep’s men before Saturday’s shootout even as it emerged that a police team returned from the gates without intervening in the clash.

Udayraj Singh, Bhupinder Singh Bisht, Rajpal and Anand Singh Bisht barged into the farmhouse at 11am, around 90 minutes before the gun fight in which the brothers died, threw out Hardeep’s staff, snatched their cellphones and locked the gates before firing in the air.

But the quartet were not involved in the gun battle that followed, killing Ponty, 55, and Hardeep, 49, police sources said.

The police team went to the house around 11.50am — 50 minutes after the clash between the guards and 40 minutes before the shootout.

This has raised questions on whether the team could have prevented the bloodletting. “We got a call on our PCR (patrol) van at 11.50am and a police team immediately rushed to the farmhouse. But instead of going inside and enquiring what was wrong, they returned. It was after that that both Ponty and Hardeep reached the site and the shootout followed,” said a senior officer on the case.

The officer said the gun battle may have been averted had the cops intervened. “We have questioned the cops. They told us they did not find anything and everything was peaceful. A probe is on to ascertain why they did not go inside the farmhouse to check,” the officer said.