A two-day-long investigation into the murder of BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj has made the police believe that it was triggered over a ‘materialistic pursuit’.
Sources said that though Bhardwaj was killed due to a disputed property located somewhere in the NCR, they were still in the process of ascertaining whether the mastermind of the conspiracy came from within his family or otherwise. This latest theory has sidetracked the police’s earlier belief of it arising from the Deep Ganga apartment complex in Haridwar which had dragged him into litigation.
“Questioning has revealed that Bhardwaj was very possessive about his property and money. So much so, that he had for the past several months stopped assisting his estranged wife Ramesh financially,” said a police officer.
Even though his sons Nitesh and Hitesh had been told to manage his real estate and education businesses respectively, they did not have the slightest say or share in them.
Police suspect this was reason behind a heated confrontation between one of his sons and him that took place a few days before he was murdered in cold blood. The police are now trying to ascertain whether it may have had anything to do with the hired killers landing at his door.
Meanwhile, the police questioned his sons and wife for the third consecutive day on Thursday and claimed they were ‘on the right track and will crack the case soon’.
Bhardwaj had been shot dead at his farmhouse — the ‘Nitesh Kunj Green Villa’ spread over 40 acres on the NH 8 — on Tuesday at 8.55am when he was on his morning walk.
The assailants had showed the lone guard stationed at the farmhouse’s entrance an ID. The guard had made an entry in the name of ‘Sumant+1’ in the register and let them through.
The fact that the assailants were able to cleanly get away has led the police to believe that they had been tipped off about the topography of the area, further leading them to suspect the role of an insider in the case.