Bhanwari Devi murder case: Key suspect Indira Bishnoi arrested in Madhya Pradesh
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Bhanwari Devi murder case: Key suspect Indira Bishnoi arrested in Madhya Pradesh

The sensational murder case had rocked the then Congress government in Rajasthan

india Updated: Jun 05, 2017 15:46 IST
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Nitin Gupta and Punya Priya Mitra
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A file photo of Bhanwari Devi who was abducted in September 2011 and was subsequently killed. (HT Photo)

In a major breakthrough in the infamous Bhanwari Devi murder case, anti terrorist squad of the Rajasthan police arrested a key suspect, Indira Bishnoi, from neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.

Additional SP Dewas Anil Patidar on Saturday said, Indira, who has been carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on her head, was arrested from Nemawar area of Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas district.

Bhanwari, a trained midwife and nurse, was abducted from Jodhpur`s Bilara area on September 1, 2011 and was murdered subsequently.

The sensational case had shaken the then Ashok Gehlot led Congress government in Rajasthan. 16 people, including former minister Mahipal Singh Maderna and Indira’s bother Malkhan Singh, are lodged in jail over the incident.

The CBI is investing the case.

According to the chargesheet filed by the CBI in Jodhpur court, it was on Indira’s advice that Bhanwari made a sex tape with Maderna, who was then Rajasthan’s minister for water resources.

The CBI claimed that Indira wanted to disgrace Maderna so that her brother Malkhan could pitch for the minister’s post.

Bhanwari, instead of handing over the tape to Indira began blackmailing Maderna.

Malkhan, the CBI says, stole the CD from Bhanwari’s house and distributed copies among journalists.

The CBI chargesheet said Malkhan had a relationship with Bhanwari and was the father of her youngest child, and she was constantly demanding money from him.

Maderna, whose reputation also took the beating after the sex tape became public, also wanted to take revenge. So the two political rivals got together and plotted to kill Bhanwari with the help of hired killers.

Remains of her body were found in January 2012 at Jaloda village near Jodhpur.

Indira had earlier been questioned by the CBI. But she disappeared soon after.

Additional SP said Indira had been living in Nemawar, which has a sizeable population of Bishnoi community, as an ordinary woman with the help of one of her close aides for the past five and half years.

To avoid detection, she even avoided using mobile phone and did not even have an ATM card.

First Published: Jun 03, 2017 11:54 IST