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BSP leader murder: Police restrict family from leaving Delhi

Apr 07, 2013 04:37 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Continuing with its investigation in the murder case of slain Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Deepak Bhardwaj, the Delhi Police on Sunday restricted his family from leaving Delhi without its permission.

The police had earlier questioned Bhardwaj's wife Ramesh Kumari, their sons and his staff in connection with the case. Police suspect a land dispute could be the reason behind the murder of the BSP leader, who was also a real estate tycoon.

Earlier in the day, the Delhi Police released photographs of spiritual guru Machendranath alias Pratibhanand, who is suspected to have given money to shooters to kill Bhardwaj. Police said he hails from Beed in Maharashtra and is 48 years old. Purushottam Rana and Sunil Mann, the alleged shooters, had told police that the spiritual guru had given them the contract to kill Bhardwaj.

The BSP leader was shot dead in his farmhouse in south Delhi's Rajokri on March 26, 2013 and four persons were arrested in the case. Bhardwaj had contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections on a BSP ticket from West Delhi constituency but lost to Congress's Mahabal Mishra. He also ran a school in Dwarka - Shiksha Bharti Public School. Bhardwaj, was into education, hotel and real estate business and had declared assets worth around Rs 600 crore in 2009.

(With additional information from PTI)