A .315 bore rifle and a 12 bore shotgun besides live cartridges seized from their possession

Two more accomplices of Sukhdev Singh Namdhari — the former Uttarakhand Minority Commission chairman arrested for alleged involvement in the conspiracy purportedly hatched by business tycoon Ponty Chadha to evict his brother Hardeep from the farmhouses at Chhatarpur and Bijwasan in the Capital — have landed in the police net. The police claim to have seized from them a .315 bore rifle and a 12 bore shotgun besides live cartridges.

The accused have been identified as Simranjeet Singh (28) and Jagbir Singh (28), both residents of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh.

Police investigations have revealed that Mr. Namdhari had on November 17 allegedly brought along a large gang to facilitate forcible possession of the Chhatarpur farmhouse where Hardeep’s men had been camping. “They were carrying firearms, hockey sticks and baseball bats. The assailants attacked the occupants, robbed them of their mobile phones and drove them away. Barely an hour later Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep were killed and Ponty Chadha’s manager Narender Ahlawat was injured in the exchange of fire at one of the entrance gates to the 12-acre bungalow,” said a police officer.

The police have found that apart from his personal security officer Sachin Tyagi, who has also been arrested in the case, Mr. Namdhari had allegedly opened fire at Hardeep from another weapon that was later tampered with to avoid detection.

The police have so far arrested ten persons in the case of house trespass and dacoity at the Chhatarpur farmhouse. In the Bijwasan case, they have arrested three of the assailants. A large number of suspects are yet to be tracked down in both the cases.

In another development, Mr. Namdhari and Mr. Tyagi were on Thursday remanded back in judicial custody by Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Rao till December 27. Stating that a probe was continuing, the police sought extension of their judicial remand.