Police sources said they know the identity of the men who shot dead the Bahujan Samaj Party leader in his south Delhi farmhouse Tuesday, but despite several raids and detention of over 15 people they are nowhere near catching the alleged contract killers.
Police identified the killers through the CCTV footage that clearly showed the men entering Bhardwaj's farmhouse and carrying out the sensational murder.
The shooters have been identified as Sunil alias Sonu and Purushottam alias Monu. Police have also recovered the grey coloured SKoda car that was used.
Its owner Rakesh has also been detained. The killers, police said, after committing the crime had returned the car to Rakesh.
Sources said the police are very close to cracking the case, but are not able to piece together the sequence of the events and the key lies with the killers.
"We are conducting raids at many places. But no arrests have been made so far," a senior police officer told IANS, Friday.
The officer said they have raided areas in Delhi's north and northwest to nab the shooters.
"During interrogation, Rakesh said that he got Rs 8 lakh from Sunil to buy a car. Rakesh also identified both the shooters from the CCTV footage," police said.
Bharadwaj, the richest candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from Delhi with declared assets of over Rs 600 crore, was shot dead March 26 around 9 am by unidentified men in his 35-acre farmhouse in south Delhi's Rajokri.
The two suspected killers and an accomplice fled in a Skoda that sported a fake registration number.
A post-mortem examination report revealed Bharadwaj had been shot thrice -- once in his head and twice in his chest.
The killers entered the farmhouse on the pretext of meeting Bharadwaj to book a marriage venue in the farmhouse complex.