Police claimed to have detained the driver of the Skoda Laura,which was used in the murder of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Deepak Bhardwaj,on Sunday. The accused has been identified as Amit from Jahangirpuri.
The driver was reportedly with the assailants Sunil and Purushottam when they gunned down 62-year-old Bhardwaj at his farmhouse on NH-8 on Tuesday.
Senior police officers said a look-out circular had been issued at various airports for Sunil and Purushottam.
Rakesh,who sold the Skoda Laura to the assailants for Rs 8 lakh,reportedly told police that the assailants could have fled to Mumbai or Gujarat.
Sources said Amit knew about the entire plan and that Purushottam was handed payment to murder Bhardwaj.
Police sources said the accused would communicate through a middleman to avoid being tracked. The assailants had switched off their phones two days before the incident.
Meanwhile,Bhardwajs sons Nitesh and Hitesh and his wife Ramesh Kumari were questioned for several hours on Sunday. Several persons have been detained and police claimed to be very close to solving the case.
Deepak Bhardwaj was shot in the chest and the back of his head at point-blank range.
A senior officer said police were trying to establish who benefited the most from Bhardwajs death. Investigators said they were analysing his property deals over the past few months and looking for those involved in the deals.
Bhardwaj was the richest candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections,with declared assets of over Rs 600 crore.