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Mar 26, 2013 at 03:52pm IST

Delhi: BSP leader, who was the richest candidate in 2009 polls, shot dead

Delhi: Two persons shot dead a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader in South Delhi's Rajokri area on Tuesday morning. Deepak Bhardwaj, the owner of the farmhouse where the shootout took place, had contested in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections for the BSP.

The two persons entered the farmhouse in a car at around 9:15 am on the pretext of booking Bhardwaj's farmhouse for an event. However, the duo had a tiff with the victim and they shot at him at point blank range.

Police said the car number has been traced to a Maruti van in East Delhi and that it could be a fake number plate. Police also said they have a footage of the assailants.

"When I went inside, I saw his worried wife and son. They said that Deepak Bhardwaj had been shot in the morning. He was a good friend of mine but I am not aware of his enmity with anyone," said a family friend, Swami Anand Maharaj.

The PCR call was made at 9:30 am and he was rushed to Delhi's RR Hospital, where he was declared dead. Post mortem will take place in AIIMS.

62-year-old Bhardwaj was the richest candidate when he contested the 2009 elections, with declared assets of nearly Rs 600 crore. He was also a business tycoon, with interests in real estate, hotels and education.

Senior police officials have reached the spot. However, there has been no word yet from the police on the motive behind the shooting. Yet, policemen from other police stations have said Bhardwaj was well known in the area.

In a similar case in 2012, liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep Chadha were shot dead at a farmhouse in Delhi's Chattarpur area.

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