New Delhi, April 11: With 15 days of the high-profile murder of BSP leader and real-estate tycoon Deepak Bhardwaj, Delhi police tasted a victory while cracking the case. Bhardwaj was killed on March 26 and police arrested the main conspirator, his younger son Nitesh. However, the investigative team is yet to nab the absconding suspect - one self-styled godman Swami Pratibhanand.
According to sources, Nitesh, co-brother of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, was upset with his father who used to misbehave with his wife and two sons. During police investigations, Nitesh was quoted as saying, "I was frustrated with my father's activities. We were leading a hand-to-mouth existence. He would humiliate my mother and brother a lot. I could see my mother going down. My father never understood us. He would insult the family publicly, and in the presence of his women friends."
Police officials claimed that Nitesh confessed his crime and revealed that he hatched the conspiracy to kill his millionaire father six months earlier. Nitesh allegedly had contacted a lawyer-cum-property dealer Baljeet Shehrawat who wanted money to contest elections. Nitesh had made a deal with Baljeet and promised to give Rs 5 crore.
Baljeet contacted the self-styled godman and promised him to Rs 2 crore. The absconding godman allegedly had cherished to construct a ashram of his own. Hence, he appointed his driver Purshottam aka Monu and another contract shooter Sunil to kill the real-estate tycoon.
The two killers, who reportedly had failed to kill Bhardwaj twice outside his Nitesh Kunj farmhouse in Delhi, finally succeeded to enter into the farmhouse and killed him on March 26. However, CCTV footage, which police received from Nitesh Kunj, captured their faces. The killers were promised to give Rs 1 crore.
Soon police arrested the owner of the car which was used by the killers. Later the two contract shooters surrendered in Patiala court and revealed Pratibhanand's alleged role in the gruesome murder case. Finally, the investigating team of Delhi police discovered the missing links after arresting Nitesh and the lawyer Baljeet. Both Nitesh and Baljeet on Wednesday, April 10 were sent to six-day police custody.