The Jodhpur district police on Sunday found two Bolero jeeps that are suspected to have been used to kidnap government nurse Bhanwari Devi, missing since September 1. But the police are yet to ascertain how they could have been used in the crime, in which Rajasthan water resources minister Mahipal Maderna was named on Saturday.
In accordance with Rajasthan government rules, the police will have to collect evidence against Maderna and seek permission from the government for questioning him.
The police investigation team said the accused in the case used “exclusive SIM cards” for communication, instead of their routine mobile numbers. Vital clues are missing because of this, police said.
Besides, the police had not found evidence of any conversation between Maderna and Bhanwari Devi, 36, from the former’s personal mobile phone or official phone, an investigating official said, seeking anonymity."We are investigating the case from all angles. The minister’s name has been included in the FIR after court direction. Two jeeps have been recovered from Nagaur district, but their use in the crime is to be verified," said inspector general of police (Jodhpur range) Umesh Mishra.
Mishra is to appear in the Rajasthan High Court on Monday to submit an investigation report on the case.
The police have so far arrested one person, Sohan Lal, and are preparing to nab Shahabuddin, resident of Pipar city in Jodhpur district. The police are also trying to nab former Jodhpur deputy zila pramukh Sahi Ram Vishnoi.
“Shahabuddin, who carries Rs 25,000, and Vishnoi, are vital in the case,” said Mishra.