New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday detained three people in Jind in Haryana in connection with the murder case of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Deepak Bhardwaj. Police have also recovered the second car, which was used by the assailants. The other car was also recovered in Haryana.
Meanwhile, police have also questioned family members of the murdered BSP leader. Those who were questioned included his wife and son. Police suspect a possible family disrupt or business rivalry behind Bhardwaj's murder.
The 62-year-old real politician and estate tycoon was shot dead on Tuesday by two unidentified men in his farmhouse in the national capital. Bhardwaj's wife was questioned because police wanted to know if she had a grudge against her husband since she was living separately in Dwarka with younger son Nitish for several months, a police officer close to the probe told reporters. The officer did not want to be named.
The officer said South Delhi special staff and local police also questioned Nitesh, 32, since he had filed a police case against his father some months ago and in turn, Bhardwaj had lodged a complaint against his son.
Another senior police officer told reporters on condition of anonymity that the investigation is on the right path and police will solve the case very soon. However, among the eight people detained, no one has been arrested, the officer said.
Police want to know the reason behind the cross-complaints. They are still working on the rivalry theory over property or family disputes, the officer said. Investigators are also trying to find out Bhardwaj's recent property and business deals and any disputes in these.
Police said the three assailants were hired shooters and are on the lookout for them based on CCTV camera footage from the farmhouse gate. They are going through footage since the last one month. They have also sought Bhardwaj's phone call details.
Bhardwaj, the richest candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls with declared assets of over Rs 600 crore, was shot twice. The post mortem report revealed he was shot two rounds - one in the head and the second in the chest. The killers had entered the farmhouse on the pretext of meeting Bhardwaj to book a hotel in the farmhouse complex.
(With Additional Inputs From PTI)