Gurgaon property dealer kills Delhi's 'encounter specialist'

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Gurgaon/New Delhi, Mar 25 (UNI) Delhi Police Assistant Commissioner of Police Rajbir Singh, popularly called 'encounter specialist', was allegedly shot dead by his property dealer friend in Gurgaon late last night following a dispute over money.

Singh had gone to property dealer Vijay Bhardwaj's office on Gurgaon-Mehrauli road in neighbouring Haryana to collect a payment.

Since Bhardwaj, who owns Vijay and Associates, was short of money for the past several months, he killed the official using a revolver which the ACP had lent him recently. ''I feared that Rajbir would eliminate me...I instead killed him,'' Bhardwaj told police after he surrendered before them early today.

The incident took place around 2230 hrs and the Delhi police was informed about 0100 hrs. A team from Delhi's Crime Branch was in Gurgaon to gather more details about the incident.

According to Gurgaon Police Commissioner Mahendra Lal, Bhardwaj was not present in his office when Rajbir reached there in his personal vehicle along with a driver and a gunner. Bhardwaj reached the office after receiving a call from Rajbir.

''There was a power breakdown when Bhardwaj reached the office.

He sent his servant to buy candles. The servant also asked the two policemen accompanying Rajbir to sit at a nearby petrol pump. When the policemen had left, Bhardwaj used the revolver to shoot Rajbir from behind,'' Mr Lal said.

Bhardwaj had borrowed the weapon from Rajbir for a few days for personal protection.

The accused later called up a few friends and some mediapersons to inform them about the incident. He then turned up at the nearby Sector 40 police station to surrender.

When police reached the spot, they found the body of the ACP lying in a pool of blood near a table.

The 'encounter specialist' used to invest in properties through Bhardwaj and used to collect payments from him on a regular basis.

Rajbir had known Bhardwaj for the past 20 years as the latter was the classmate of the deceased's younger brother in college.

Bhardwaj claimed he had no money to pay Rajbir but the latter had threatened him with dire consequences if he failed to pay. ''I feared for my life, therefore, I killed him,'' Bhardwaj told police.

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