Akash Ghai, Tribune News Service
Mohali, November 27. There has been no headway in the inquiry into the issuing of an arms licence to Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, arrested in the Delhi farmhouse shootout in which liquor baron Ponty Chadha was killed.
The Mohali police has not been able to get the related files from the Deputy Commissioner’s offices in Ropar and Mohali. The Delhi police believes that Namdhari had used a mauser in the shootout for which he had obtained a licence on a Kurali address in 1995.
Mohali police personnel had visited the Ropar Deputy Commissioner’s office to procure the relevant file (No.276/Kurali/DM/Ropar) but in vain, reliable sources said. They said that the file relating to the renewal of the arms licence on March 30, 2010, by the then Mohali Additional Deputy Commissioner also could not be found.
It seems that Namdhari had given an incomplete address with no mention of the house number.
It simply stated: “Sukhdev Singh Namdhari s/o Roor Singh r/o Master Colony, Kurali-Chandigarh Road, Kurali.”
“We will be able to get the particulars, including the address of persons who verified the details, only after we get the relevant file from the Ropar DC’s office,” said the Superintendent of Police (Headquarters), Darshan Singh Mann.
Significantly, during a re-verification drive of all licence-holders before the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections in January this year, the police had reported that no person with the name of Sukhdev Singh Namdhari was residing there.
Namdhari owned three weapons, a 12 bore pistol, a 315 bore rifle and a 7.62 mauser.