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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

Third time unlucky: Bhardwaj was targeted twice earlier

Jatin Anand , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 10, 2013
First Published: 23:41 IST(10/4/2013) | Last Updated: 23:43 IST(10/4/2013)

Slain BSP leader-cum-businessman Deepak Bhardwaj’s vengeful son, if sources are to be believed, had developed cold feet and was having second thoughts about bumping off his influential father after the earlier attempts on his life had failed.

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According to the police, two attempts had been made on Bhardwaj’s life before he was gunned down at his Rajokri farmhouse on the eve of Holi — one in early January and the other in early March.

“Nitesh had paid Baljeet Singh Sehrawat Rs. 50 lakh in December 2012 who had then introduced him to Swami Pratibhananad, the ‘godman’ who arranged the contract killers,” said an officer.

“The first attempt on Deepak’s life was made in Haridwar in January this year. This made Nitesh panic and he asked Sehrawat to pay back the amount. But the latter had assured him that the hit would be carried out at the earliest.”

The police claimed that the desperation with which the hit was finally carried out on the morning of March 26 had been triggered by Nitesh’s increasing impatience with Sehrawat after another attempt on Deepak’s life — this time at a wedding in Haridwar — had failed.

The second time, the police claimed, the contract killers retreated because Deepak was in the company of too many personal security officers (PSOs).

Nitesh was already desperate to bump off his father what with his neglected mother’s apprehension that he was going to divorce her and marry a woman half his age in whose name he would transfer a substantial chunk of his ‘white properties’.

“There was a bitter discord between Deepak and his wife Ramesh Kumari. While she had filed a case of domestic dispute against him at the local police station, Deepak had field a case of forgery and cheating against her with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW),” said the officer.

Sehrawat, an advocate-cum-property dealer with political ambitions, meanwhile, has told the police that he used to record telephonic conversations dealing with the subject of getting Nitesh’s father killed with the intent of acquiring ‘collateral in case he backed out of paying the entire amount promised to him’.

“The hit was valued at around R5 crore and Sehrawat was a little apprehensive. So, he used to secretly record these conversations. These have been recovered from his phone,” the officer said.

Police said they had also questioned businessman Romesh Sharma, an alleged aide of underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim, in the case but he was found not be involved.


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