New Delhi: Amid high drama, four suspected killers of local BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj were arrested on Monday when they came to surrender with one of them being caught before he could enter a court here.

Four persons including two shooters - Purushottam Rana alias Monu, Sunil Mann alias Sonu - car owner Rakesh alias Bhola, and Amit, the driver of the car, have been arrested.

Purushottam Rana was apprehended from outside Patiala House Court complex this morning but his accomplice Sunil Mann managed to evade the waiting police and entered a court room but the judge refused to hear the matter and handed him over to the police.

The 62-year-old Deepak Bhardwaj, the local BSP leader who was the richest candidate in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, was shot dead inside his farmhouse in south Delhi's Rajokri on March 26 by three men who came in a car.

The Delhi Police had yesterday detained a man suspected to be driving the car in which the alleged killers escaped.

Rana was reportedly caught on CCTV footage brandishing his gun along with his accomplice. Police had released the CCTV footage of the attackers at the Nitesh Kunj farmhouse on Tuesday where the incident took place.

The footage showed that the assailants had come in a dark grey Skoda car to the farmhouse. Bhardwaj was gunned down by the trio who entered his farmhouse in Rajokri at 8.55am on the pretext of booking the place for a marriage.

He had suffered bullet injuries on his chest and back and slumped bleeding heavily. He was rushed to Army's Research and Referral Hospital near Dhaula Kuan in south Delhi where he succumbed to the injuries.

Around 40 employees were inside the around 25 acre farmhouse at the time of the incident. However, the two Personal Security Officers were not with Bhardwaj or inside the farmhouse at the time of the incident.

Investigators are also looking into the role of an insider who might have tipped off the killers about the movement of Bhardwaj and the topography of the farmhouse.

 

(JPN/Agencies)

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