The family of Vijay Bharadwaj who shot Delhi Police encounter specialist Rajbir Singh four days ago has stayed away from the media. They chose to confine themselves to their Sector 14 house in Gurgaon since the fateful day.
On Friday, Vijay’s wife and one of his brothers spoke to Hindustan Times for the first time. Denying that Vijay has any links with the underworld, they said that contrary to rumours he has visited Dubai or any other country except Nepal.
Shalu Bhardwaj, Vijay’s wife, said his passport does not have a visa entry. She said he has only been to Nepal a couple of times.
“Some people with vested interests are spreading rumours that Vijay has underworld links and he killed Rajbir on the direction of underworld gangsters. It is also being said that he has been to Dubai where he met some gangsters. All these are false. My husband has never visited Dubai or any other country and it is evident from the passport that he carries,” she said.
On why Vijay killed ACP
On why Vijay killed Rajbir, she said that her husband could have taken the extreme step as Rajbir was being threatened for money, especially for past few days. “Rajbir threatened him over the phone. He used to get tense and only replied ‘yes bhaisahab. Rajbir would threaten Vijay that he would get him and his family eliminated and ruin them. Vijay could have decided to kill the ACP at the spur of the moment on March 24. Vijay has never harmed anyone,” she said.
On Monday evening, after Vijay killed the ACP with a .32 bore revolver, he had called up his brother and told him that he had killed the ACP. Shalu had called him back to confirm the claim. “I called him up to know if he had killed Rajbir. He replied in the affirmative and I fainted,” she said, adding that she did not talked to him after that.
“I am waiting for an opportunity to meet him and ask whether he really did do it. I just cannot believe that he has killed someone. I cannot go to the court where he is produced and meet him because of media presence,” she said.
How he learnt to use a gun
Sanjay Bhardwaj, the younger brother of the accused, said he had only heard discussions on revolvers from his father who carried one. “My father carried one Weblay Scott .32 bore revolver but he sold the weapon to one of his friends in 1985. Vijay was young then. He learnt learnt to use it as father used to talk about it. He has never used it earlier,” Sanjay said.
Vijay has three brothers and all of them lived together with their families at a rented house in Sector 14. All the brothers deal in real estate. The family also said they had never seen the revolver with which Vijay has claimed to have killed the ACP.
ACP sent SMS
Sanjay said Rajbir terrorised Vijay and mounted pressure on him to return the money lent to him. “Vijay would stop taking his calls and then the ACP would start sending messages with threats on the phone. Despite their old friendship, the ACP was only concerned about his profit in land deals,” he said.