New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday took 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 agency today registered a case in this regard after
the Rajasthan government requested the Centre last month to
handover the case to the agency, CBI sources said here.
Devi (36), who was posted as auxiliary nurse midwife at a
sub-centre 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-centre
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
had arrested a contractor Sohana Lal Vishnoi soon after she
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.