New Delhi: Police suspect involvement of people close to BSP candidate and real estate tycoon Deepak Bhardwaj in his murder, sources said on Wednesday. Even though no arrests have been made in the case yet, police now have leads in the investigation, sources added.
Prima facie, the post mortem revealed that Bhardwaj, who was shot dead on Tuesday at his own farmhouse in south Delhi's Rajokri area, received two bullets - one in the chest and one in the back of his head. His body is now being taken back to his farmhouse for the last rites.
Police released CCTV footage from the farmhouse, which shows three unidentified men waving pistols at guards after the shooting. The footage shows the assailants leaving the farmhouse in their car.
According to the sources, police said it is possible that the assailants had been in the farmhouse area before to do a recce as they had a good idea of where to find the BSP leader. Sources also add that Bhardwaj's security was lax and the police will most likely question the victim's family members soon.
Some unidentified persons entered Bhardwaj's farmhouse on Tuesday in a car at around 9:15 am on the pretext of booking it 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.