Son hatched plan to murder BSP leader
Delhi police arrest Nitesh Bhardwaj for paying Rs 5 crore to the shooters to kill his father Deepak Bhardwaj
Nitesh, the younger son of slain BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj (in pic), conspired to eliminate his father six months ago, police said on Tuesday. Nitesh hatched the conspiracy after his father threatened to prevent him from entering the south Delhi farmhouse following a dispute between them. Deepak Bhardwaj was shot dead in his farmhouse. “The exact reason behind the killing is yet to come out. But Nitesh was stressed over the threat by his father,” said a police officer.
Nitesh told his aide, advocate-cum-property dealer Baljeet Singh Sehrawat that he wanted to kill his father. Sehrawat also was with Nitesh in a few property dealings, said the officer. Sehrawat was in need of money as he wanted to contest in the next assembly elections from south Delhi’s Mahipalpur constituency.
“Sehrawat had told Nitesh that he would contest the assembly elections from Delhi’s Mahipalpur seat. Initially, he asked Nitesh to bear his expenses for the polls, but later asked for Rs 5 crore,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Chhaya Sharma. Police said Sehrawat then approached Swami Pratibhanand, a resident of Beed in Maharashtra, who was in Haryana’s Jhajjar city.
Sehrawat offered him Rs 2 crore and Rs 1 crore for the contract killers. Pratibhanand, who needed money to build an ashram, accepted the deal. “In January, the deal was finalised among Nitesh, Sehrawat and Pratibhanand,” said Sharma. A month before Deepak Bhardwaj was shot dead, Pratibhanand hired contract killers Purushottam Rana and Sunil Mann.
According to Sharma, Nitesh was changing his statements regularly. “Just after the killing, he broke his mobile phone and SIM card with which he was in contact with Sehrawat and Pratibhanand,” said an investigating officer. Police have now launched a manhunt to nab Pratibhanand.
Guns used in murder found
The Delhi Police have recovered guns allegedly used in the murder. The two country-made pistols were found in a canal in Rohtak, Haryana last evening.