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Co-accused in BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj’s murder, Pratibhanand arrested

The Ghaziabad police on Saturday arrested self-styled godman Baba Pratibhanand, in connection with the murder of Bahujan Samaj Party leader and businessman Deepak Bhardwaj in 2013.

Baba Pratibhanand, who carried a bounty of Rs 1 lakh by the Delhi Police, was on the run for the last four years, police said.

BSP leader and businessman Bhardwaj’s younger son Nitesh had hatched the plot to kill him over family property dispute.

Mahant Pratibhanand, who was on the run till now, had received a contract to arrange the shooters to eliminate Bhardwaj.

Bhardwaj was shot dead on March 26, 2013 at his farmhouse.

He was gunned down by 2 hired killers Sunil Mann and Purushottam Rana who were later arrested.

Police also arrested Rakesh alias Bhola, the owner of the car used by the killers after the murder, and Rakesh Malik, a commercial pilot, who allegedly hired the shooters.

Nitesh and his aide and advocate-cum-property dealer Baljeet Singh Sehrawat were also arrested.

Bhardwaj had contested for 15th Lok Sabha from the West Delhi Constituency in May 2009.

Reportedly, he was the richest candidate for the 15th Lok Sabha elections with declared assets amounting to be more than 6 billion.

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