The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 17, 2012
 

Indian tycoon brothers shot dead as feud turns fatal

 
 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - A powerful Indian liquor baron and his brother died in a shootout on Saturday on the outskirts of New Delhi, police said, as a feud over family property turned fatal.

Mr Ponty Chadha, dubbed the "Baron of Booze" by the media, and his younger brother, Harvinder, were discussing how to divide the family's assets a year after the death of their tycoon father when the shooting took place, a family lawyer said.

"The two brothers are dead, and we are looking into the circumstances," a police official told AFP, asking not to be identified.

The exact circumstances of the shooting at the luxury family farmhouse were unclear, but local media quoted police as saying Harvinder shot Ponty first, leading to an exchange of fire in which Ponty's guard was injured and Ponty and Harvinder both died.