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CBI arrests two more in Bhanwari Devi case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested two more accused in connection with the disappearance and killing of nurse Bhanwari Devi, sources said.

jaipur Updated: Jan 25, 2012 22:26 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested two more accused in connection with the disappearance and killing of nurse Bhanwari Devi, sources said.

A court had issued arrest warrant against Dinesh Bishnoi and Pukhraj Bishnoi, both relatives of Public Health Engineering Department contractor Sohan Lal Bishnoi who was arrested earlier by the CBI on charges of kidnapping and murdering the nurse on Sep 1. While Pukhraj is Sohan Lal's son, Dinesh is his nephew.

Along with these two arrests, CBI has arrested 14 people in the case. Now only Indra Bishnoi, sister of Congress MLA from Luni constituency Malkhan Singh Bishnoi, is to be arrested in the matter.

"Dinesh and Pukhraj were wanted in case for the past two months. When they did not turn up before the CBI, an arrest warrant was issued against them by a court here in December last year," sources close to the CBI told IANS.

Sources added that both were produced in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate in Jaipur and were remanded in CBI custody till Jan 30.

"Both are suspected of involvement in the nurse's kidnap and had helped Sohan Lal," said sources.

It is alleged that three men -- Shahabuddin, Sohan Lal and Baldev Jat alias Balia -- kidnapped Bhanwari from Bilara in Jodhpur rural Sep 1, killed her and then handed over her body to a gang of criminals headed by Bishnaram Bishnoi who burnt her to ashes and dumped her remains into a canal. Bishnaram Bishnoi and his three accomplices including Kailash Bishnoi, Omprakash Bishnoi and Umesharam Bishnoi have also been arrested by the CBI.

Bhanwari Devi, allegedly shown in a compromising position with sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna in a CD, had gone missing on Sep 1 last year.

The case has seen the arrest of former minister Maderna and Congress legislator from Luni constituency Malkhan Singh.

According to sources close to the CBI, Maderna and Malkhan Singh were hand-in-glove in the entire conspiracy as the nurse was blackmailing both of them.

Maderna was believed to be blackmailed on the basis of a CD showing him in a compromising position with the nurse.

The two politicians allegedly roped in Sahiram Bishnoi, who hired Sohan Lal, Balia and Shahabuddin for the task of kidnapping the nurse.

Maderna, Malkhan, the three kidnappers and Sahiram along with Amarchand, husband of Bhanwari Devi, have been arrested by the CBI.

Amarchand is at present in judicial custody. The CBI also arrested Malkhan's brother Parasram Bishnoi.

First Published: Jan 25, 2012 22:11 IST