New Delhi: The CBI will soon take over probe
in the mysterious disappearance case of nurse Bhanwari Devi in
Rajasthan in which allegations of a state cabinet minister`s
involvement have been levelled.
The request for handing over the case had come from the
Rajasthan government last month. The Department of Personnel
and Training today issued notification in this regard, CBI
sources said here.
Devi (36), who was posted as auxiliary nurse midwife at a
sub-center in Jaliwada village, around 120 km from Jodhpur
district, went missing on September 1. Her husband Amarchand
has alleged that she was abducted at the behest of Water
Resources Minister Mahipal Maderna and his associates. These
charges have been refuted by them.
Bhanwari last registered her presence at the sub-center
on August 24 and was absent after that. Locals say she led a
lavish lifestyle and had political connections.
Her name had sprung up sometime back after a CD which
allegedly showed her in compromising position with the
minister and an MLA was circulated.
The Jodhpur police has already announced a cash reward of
Rs 4,000 for any information regarding Bhanwari. The police
arrested a contractor Sohana Lal Vishnoi soon after she went
The woman had sold her car to Vishnoi and was on her way
to collect payment from him in Bilada on September 1 when she
disappeared. A few persons were also rounded up from Sikar
district who told police that the woman was murdered by a gang
in Uttar Pradesh.
Bhanwari, mother of two girls and a son, has also worked
in a few local music video albums and was actively involved
with the Congress party.