New Delhi: CCTV footage of the shooting of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Deepak bhardwaj accessed by CNN-IBN shows the assailants leaving the farmhouse in their car. One of the attackers is seen brandishing a gun at the guards and then they open the gate and leave the farmhouse. Two accused are seen in the CCTV footage but the guard is too late to stop them.
Bharadwaj who was the richest candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections was shot dead by unidentifed people in South Delhi's Rajokri area on Tuesday morning. The footage is a key part of the evidence.
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.