Killed him for so­cial work, says Prat­i­b­hanand

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page -

Self styled god­man Baba Prat­i­b­hanand alias Machen­dranath has shown no re­morse over his al­leged in­volve­ment in the 2013 killing of Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party leader Deepak Bhard­waj in Delhi.

In­stead, the man has con­fessed to hav­ing played a cru­cial role in the killing and claimed “it was for a so­cial cause.”

Prat­i­b­hanand was ar­rested by po­lice on Fri­day night from Ghazi­abad junc­tion as he was plan­ning to head towards Harid­war.

“I was promised ₹10 crore, not ₹5 crore, by three peo­ple, in­clud­ing the fam­ily mem­bers of Bhard­waj, for his killing. The ‘su­pari’ was taken for ‘sa­maj sewa’ (so­cial work). Ini­tially I got Rs 12.5 lakh of which I gave away Rs 10 lakh for the mar­riage of two poor girls,” Prat­i­b­hanand said.

“He paid Rs 2 lakh to the shoot­ers and asked them to ar­range weapons,” said HN Singh, se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Ghazi­abad.

“I am in NCR since child­hood. I don’t have any­thing back home (at Beed in Ma­ha­rash­tra). My fol­low­ers, even if they are shoot­ers, are needed. I am of revo­lu­tion­ary. I went to Nepal, UP and other places and never changed my out­look ,” he added.

“He told us that a lawyer named Sehrawat wanted to con­test elec­tions from Mahipalpur and needed fi­nan­cial help, but Bhard­waj de­nied him the money. Later, Sehrawat aligned with Bhard­waj’s son and ap­proached him to pro­vide the shoot­ers,” SSP Singh said.


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