Rajbir was victim of ‘premeditated conspiracy’: Police

March 30th, 2008 - 8:04 pm ICT by admin  


Gurgaon, March 30 (IANS) The mystery over the murder of senior Delhi Police official Rajbir Singh deepened further as police Sunday said he was shot dead by a missing police revolver in a “premeditated conspiracy”. “The weapon used for killing (Rajbir Singh) was the service revolver of Hisar’s additional superintendent of police (ASP), which he lost during a raid last year,” Gurgaon Police Commissioner Mohinder Lal told reporters here.

ASP Ashok Shoran lost the revolver numbering E-8256 while he was chasing two criminals in fields of Dadri in Hisar before gunning them down. The first information report (FIR) in this regard was lodged on July 21, 2007 in Bhiwani, Lal said.

The Gurgaon police are now set on the task to find out how the revolver reached Vijay Bhardwaj, a property dealer and friend of Singh for 20 years who killed him Monday at his Sector-14 office here.

In his confession, Bhardwaj, 42, had said he killed Singh with a .32 bore revolver that the senior police official himself had lent him three days earlier.

“We are probing how many hands did the weapon change before making it to Bhardwaj. We have spoken to a few Delhi Police officials Saturday to find out how it reached Bhardwaj,” Lal said.

“Bhardwaj had asked for a weapon from Singh saying he needed to force somebody in Sirsa to pay up. But it turned out to be a ploy. He sought the weapon as part of a premeditated conspiracy.”

One of the Delhi’s best known and also most controversial police officers, Singh, 48, was known as an “encounter specialist” - often a euphemism for a cop who tracks down and kills suspected gangsters and terrorists short-circuiting due process of law.

The police, however, maintained that Singh was killed by his friend. Rajbir’s wife however, insisted that Bhardwaj was no friend of her late husband and he had never talked about him.

“We have no objection whatsoever to a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) probe. We have already written about this to the chief minister (Bhupinder Singh Hooda) and we will hand over the case when the legalities are over,” Lal added.

Meanwhile, Bhardwaj, who was Sunday sent to 14-day judicial custody, moved an application in a court here, saying he feared a “threat to his life” and sought adequate security.

Police had asked for the custody of the accused to corroborate his statements with evidence but the court rejected it.

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