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Godman linked with Bhardwaj killers lived in Mandir Marg Ashram: Mahasabha chief

More revelations have tumbled out on the ninth day of investigations into the murder of 62-year-old BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2013 1:11 am

More revelations have tumbled out on the ninth day of investigations into the murder of 62-year-old BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj.

The National President of the Hindu Mahasabha claimed that the spiritual guru,whose name has figured among the main conspirators in the murder and who police are looking for,stayed at the Hindu Mahasabha on Mandir Marg till last year. He said one of the assailants visited him there frequently.

Delhi Police are conducting raids in Mumbai and other areas in Maharashtra to trace the guru.

Chandra Prakash Kaushik,president of the Mahasabha,told Newsline: “The guru stayed at the Mahasabha till February last year. In all,he stayed for about one-and-half years. He seemed like he was interested in property dealings and often spoke about them. The assailant,Purushottam Rana,referred to as Monu,used to frequently visit the guru along with one Pradeep (the arms supplier) . The guru also had a Ford Endeavour .”

Delhi Police had on Sunday formally announced the arrest of four persons — sharpshooters Purushottam Rana and Sunil Mann, Amit,the driver of the Skoda Laura,and Rakesh,the owner of the car.

Police also detained a commercial pilot,who allegedly facilitated the transfer of payment (Rs 1 crore) through the guru. Police are also on the lookout for Pradeep and Raju,who supplied the guns.

Police sources said the guru is a native of Bahadurgarh and has an ashram in Haridwar. Sources said that Bhardwaj had entrusted the responsibility of handling properties,including the disputed ones,in Haryana,Haridwar and Bahadurgarh to the guru.

Among these was a 30-acre plot in Jhajjar. Sources said two months ago,the guru had an argument with Bhardwaj over this property. The guru wanted it for himself. The guru,sources said,was also handling Bhardwaj’s upcoming township in Haridwar.

Police conducted raids at the guru’s place at the Mahasabha in Delhi and recovered a computer,some documents and files.

Raids were conducted in Jhajjar from where police recovered two country-made weapons. Police are probing if the guru had colluded with Bhardwaj’s family members to kill him. So far,no one from the family has been given a clean chit.

Sources said the guru was in touch with the killers till three weeks before the incident and had switched off his five phones days before the incident. He reportedly instructed them not to contact him because of which the assailants — Mann and Rana — purchased two SIM cards from Samaipur Badli area three days before the incident.

Sources said Purushottam Rana,had conducted a recce of the the farmhouse at least 11 times before the strike. He knew a little bit about the topography of the farmhouse because he had visited the property with the guru several times,sources said.

Meanwhile,police also plan to question Bhardwaj’s legal counsel who was reportedly handling Bhardwaj’s land deal cases. However,the counsel is yet to be located.

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