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Mar 28, 2013 at 09:38am IST

Police recover Skoda used by BSP leader's killers, detain suspected contract killers: Sources

New Delhi: In a major breakthrough in the BSP candidate and real estate tycoon Deepak Bhardwaj's murder case, Police have detained suspected contract killers, who are being brought to Delhi from Haryana, according to sources.

Sources said that the police have also recovered the Skoda which was used by the shooters. Sources further said that police suspect an illegal gun was used in the shootout. Police are still questioning the guards at the gate but there is no clear evidence that they were part of the conspiracy. Sources said it is possible that the assailants had been inside the farmhouse before to do a recce.

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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.

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.

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.