Computer could hold clues on Bhanwari case: CBI

CBI has seized a camcorder and a computer which may be holding vital clues about the mysterious disappearance of nurse Bhanwari Devi.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2011, 20:40 PM IST

New Delhi: CBI has seized a camcorder and a
computer which may be holding vital clues about the mysterious
disappearance of nurse Bhanwari Devi and the agency has sought
help of Central Forensic Science Laboratory as well as private
experts to retrieve the data.

The agency stumbled upon the camcorder and the computer
during one of its searches in the case only to realise that
data has been erased from them, sources in the agency said.
Officials suspect that the camera and computer might have
been used to film and store some controversial footage which
could hold vital clues about the reasons behind the
disappearance of Bhanwari.

Bhanwari (36), posted as auxiliary nurse and midwife
at a sub-centre in Jaliwada village, around 120 kms from
Jodhpur, went missing on September one.

Her husband Amarchand had alleged she was abducted at
the behest of former Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna and
his associates.

The charges were denied by Maderna who was sacked by
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on October 16.

Earlier this month, the CBI has announced a reward of Rs
5 lakh for information about whereabouts of Bhanwari. The
agency also announced another Rs one lakh for information
leading to the arrest of absconding accused Sahiram who is
suspected to be the mastermind behind Devi`s disappearance.

As the probe into the case gained momentum, CBI is also
examining the alleged role of Maderna and the agency believes
that the nurse could have been killed.

The call records of cell phones used by Bhanwari Devi`s
kidnappers indicate that Sahiram was in touch with Maderana
until the day she was kidnapped from Jodhpur`s Bilara area on
September 1, official sources said.

PTI