CBI suspects Bhanwari may have been murdered

Bhanwari Devi posted as an auxiliary nurse midwife at a sub-centre in Jaliwada village, went missing on September 1.

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2011, 09:20 AM IST

Jaipur/Jodhpur: The probe in Bhanwari Devi
case Tuesday gained momentum with a senior CBI official arriving in Jaipur to probe the alleged role of sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna even as the agency suspected that the
auxiliary nurse, who went missing from Jodhpur about one-and-a-half months ago, could have been killed.

The CBI was also today granted permission by a Jodhpur
court to interrogate in jail contractor Sohan Lal Bishnoi and Balia, the two key accused in the case who presently are under judicial custody in Jodhpur.
While Bishnoi is the alleged executor of the plot of kidnapping of Bhanwari Devi, Balia is a close aide of
Shahabuddin, another key accused who is at large and carries
a Rs 25000 reward on his head.

Bhanwari(36), who was posted as auxiliary nurse midwife
at a sub-centre in Jaliwada village, around 120 kms 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. The charges have been refuted by them.

The Minister, however, was dismissed from the state
government on Sunday.

A top CBI official told PTI-Bhasha that an agency official
is in Jaipur to probe the alleged role of Maderna. "We are
gathering evidence. We will question Maderna once we have
enough material," he said.
The minister, however, stayed away from the media for the
second day. "He is at home and does not want to speak to the
media," a staff member at his residence said.

Agency sources said that CBI was working on the
possibility of the murder of Bhanwari Devi as it has got some
indication that her body may have been burnt in some limestone
quarry in the state.

PTI