Bhanwari case: 6 of the accused jointly questioned

Bhanwari had gone missing from Jodhpur`s Bilara area on Sept 1 following which her husband had filed a habeas corpus petition in the High Court.

Updated: Jan 29, 2012, 22:58 PM IST

Jodhpur: The CBI has jointly questioned six
of the accused, including Bhanwari Devi`s husband Amarchand,
in Jodhpur Central Jail, to cross-check their statements on
the conspiracy of abduction and elimination of the nurse.

The CBI took brothers Pukh Raj Bishnoi and Dinesh Bishnoi
to the prison for the second day today where they were quizzed
along with Sohan Lal Bishnoi, Sahi Ram Bishnoi, Shahabuddin
and Amarchand.

They will be produced in the court on Monday.

Pukh Raj and Dinesh, who had surrendered before the CBI on
Wednesday and were remanded in CBI custody till January 30,
are son and nephew of one of the main accused Sohan Lal
Bishnoi and were believed to be privy to the crime.

According to the charge-sheet by the CBI, Shahabuddin had
seen Pukh Raj in Sohan Lal`s car in Bilara with a person, who
is believed to be Amarchand, whom Shahabuddin did not know.

Amarchand had before his arrest claimed that he did not
know Shahabuddin either.

"It has surfaced in CBI`s investigation that Amarchand,
who also was aware of this conspiracy and made Bhanwari eave
for Bilara by bus instead of her own car, was neither in Pipar
as he had claimed in his FIR, nor in Borunda," according to a
source.

On the other hand, CBI is now trying arrest last of the
absconding accused Indra Bishnoi, sister of jailed Congress
MLA Malkhan Singh.

The CBI today questioned Prahlad Bishnoi, who is also
close to her and believed to have helped her to evade arrest.

Bhanwari, 36, had gone missing from Jodhpur`s Bilara area
on September 1 following which her husband had filed a habeas
corpus petition in the High Court.

After the state government ordered a CBI probe into the
case, the agency arrested sacked Rajasthan Minister
Mahipal Maderna on December 3 and Congress MLA Malkhan Singh
on December 19 for their alleged involvement in the case.

Maderna was removed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot from
his ministry in October after his name cropped up in the case.

During the probe, it was found that Bhanwari was allegedly
abducted and killed and her body burnt at Jaloda. Her remains
and belongings were later dumped in the Rajiv Gandhi Lift
Canal which were recoved by the CBI.

Soon after her death, a sleaze CD was circulated allegedly
featuring Maderna and Bhanwari.

Agency sources said that Maderna and Malkhan Singh were
being blackmailed by Bhanwari Devi who was allegedly having
relations with them and threatened to expose them which led
to her killing.

According to the sources, Bhanwari had demanded Rs 50
lakh from Maderna with whom she was shown in a compromising
position in a CD.

She had also threatened Malkhan Singh that she would make
it public that he was the father of her youngest daughter at a
Bishnoi community fair on September 7.

PTI