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FH man gets 30 years in arson, NYPD attacks

Set fire in Forest Hills home

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:49 am, Thu Feb 21, 2013.

He was sentenced by Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Salvatore Modica.

“The defendant has proven himself to be a menace to society, and deserving of the lengthy prison sentence imposed,” Brown said. “He exhibited a complete disregard for human life by assaulting three police officers and setting fire to an occupied residence — all within the course of a few hours.”

Brown said thaqt on Sept. 15, 2009, Chander went to the Forest Hills residence of Parveen and Ram Shandal, a couple who had once allowed Chander’s wife and children to spend the night.

Chander poured gasoline inside of the home and set it on fire, causing Shandal to flee.

Trial records state that later in the day he returned to the home and twice struck Ram Shandal in the head with a heavy metal object.

Afterward, an NYPD officer attempted to pull Chander over at the intersection of 66th Road and the Grand Central Parkway. Chander drove into the officer and his cruiser before fleeing.

He struck another officer a few blocks away, sending the cop onto the hood of his car before he struck the windshield.

A third officer was injured wrestling with Chander while arresting him. All three officers required hospital treatment.

Chander posted a .15 blood alcohol content reading after his arrest.

A subsequent search of Chander’s car turned up an empty bottle “emitting a strong odor of gasoline,” half a bottle of whiskey and a tire iron.

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