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Women trouble for two Rajasthan ministers

Ministers in the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan have lately been making news for all the wrong reasons. Two of them have been in the spotlight in connection with two separate cases involving women, and a third for illegal mining.

india Updated: Oct 01, 2011 01:27 IST
HT Correspondents

Ministers in the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan have lately been making news for all the wrong reasons. Two of them have been in the spotlight in connection with two separate cases involving women, and a third for illegal mining.

State public health engineering department (PHED) and water resources minister Mahipal Maderna is an accused in the kidnapping and suspected murder case of auxiliary nurse midwife Bhanwari Devi.

Bhanwari, 36, a resident of Borunda village in Jodhpur district, went to Bilara on September 1 to collect payment for a car she had sold to Sohan Lal Bishnoi, a PHED contractor. When she did not return, her husband lodged an FIR accusing Maderna and Bishnoi of kidnapping her. On Friday, one of the main accused Baldev alias Balia was arrested.

Rajasthan forest and mining minister Ramlal Jat is in the eye of a storm over the alleged suicide of Bhilwara dairy chairman Ratan Lal Chaudhary's wife Paras Devi.

The BJP alleged Chaudhary and Jat removed the body from the hospital and returned it after six hours, and demanded a CBI probe into the case.

Jat told HT, "The BJP is giving political colour to the death of my close friend's wife."

On Friday, the CM apprised Congress president Sonia Gandhi about the Gopalgarh communal clashes of September 15, in which 10 persons died, and the Bhanwari Devi case, when he visited her in New Delhi.

Even as the meeting was on, a court in Karauli, 182 km from Jaipur, ordered the police to register an FIR against Bharosi Lal Jatav, minister of state for estate and motor garage (independent) departments and 11 others on charges of illegal mining.