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Deepak Bhardwaj murder: India police arrest two suspects

  • 1 April 2013
  • From the section India
Deepak Bhardwaj
Image caption Mr Bhardwaj was also a businessman

Police in India have arrested two men suspected of killing businessman and politician Deepak Bhardwaj.

Mr Bhardwaj, 62, of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), was shot dead at his house in the capital, Delhi, last week.

On Sunday, a third man believed to have been the killers' driver was detained. The motive for the shooting is unclear.

Mr Bhardwaj's declared assets of more than $110m made him the richest candidate when he stood for parliament in the 2009 general election.

He also had major interests in property and ran a school in the capital.

Reports said three men arrived at his house in a car on the day of the shooting, 26 March - two got out and opened fire at him after a conversation. The third man remained at the wheel before driving all three of them away after the shooting.

The footage of the car and the two gunmen, brandishing their weapons, were captured on a CCTV camera installed at Mr Bhardwaj's house.

Police said they had issued a "look-out circular" for the two suspects.

On Monday morning, the two alleged killers went to the Patiala House court complex in Delhi to give themselves up, reports the Press Trust of India.

One was arrested outside the court. The other managed to enter the building where he was handed over to police.

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