NEW DELHI: Making the first breakthrough in Lok Sabha candidate Deepak Bhardwaj’s murder, the cops have recovered the Skoda Car on late Tuesday night from Jind area in Haryana, 150km away from Delhi.
The cops have also identified the three shooters behind the Tuesday’s shootout at Bhardwaj’s Nitesh Kunj farmhouse located on NH 8, three kilometers begore Gurgaon toll plaza.
A source said the shooters belong to Khera village in Pooth Khurd area of northwest Delhi which is near Haryana border. Several teams from Special Task Force (STF) are raiding places to nab them.
The cops have got vital clues in the case along with the addresses of the assailants and are on a lookout for the conspirators The cops were trailing a particular licence plate number and were also assisted by the Haryana police which led to the recovery of the car.
The breakthrough has strengthened the suspicion that a massive land deal with a rival builder could be the motive of Bhardwaj’s murder. However, the cops have not yet ruled out the involvement of a close family member. The teams are raiding in Haryana, Uttrakhand and Uttranchal.
Deepak Bhardwaj, 62, who made his fortune in land deals to acquire assets worth over Rs 600 crore becoming Delhi’s richest candidate in the Lok Sabha elections in 2009, was on Tuesday morning shot dead at his sprawling Rajokri farmhouse.
The BSP leader was killed within minutes on his lawn when two men – a third was in the getaway car, a Skoda – pumped bullets into his head and chest after approaching him on the pretext of confirming a booking at the 28-acre venue for weddings, conventions and other events.
The attackers then fled, with two men running out of the farmhouse, Nitesh Kunj, brandishing guns and the third person driving the car.
Though Bhardwaj had two PSOs, both arrived only at around 10am. He had a licensed gun but was not carrying it as he was taking a walk. The police suspect that someone may have tipped off the killers about the best time to strike.
The killers entered the premises at 8.55am and left at 9.15am. Bhardwaj suffered two bullet injuries in his head and chest and was declared dead at the Army R&R Hospital.
The farmhouse at which Deepak Bhardwaj was murdered is located near 22nd milestone on NH-8, close to the Gurgaon toll plaza. It’s spread over 28 acres and has four lawns with banquets and other structures. It was promoted as a hospitality hub. Bhardwaj also owned a school, was planning a university, had set up a township and wanted to build more hotels.
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