Man who gave Indra Bishnoi ‘shelter’ feels cheated, betrayed

Government school teacher Brahmanand Parashar rented out his paternal home to the prime accused in the Bhanwari Devi murder case, says didn’t know about her ‘credentials’.

jaipur Updated: Jun 05, 2017 21:26 IST
Hindustan Times
Bhanwari Devi,Indra Bishnoi,Mahipal Singh Maderna
Rajasthan ATS arrested Indra Vishnoi from Dewas in Madhya Pradesh. (Ramji Vyas/HT Photo)

Brahmanand Parashar is an angry man.

The teacher at a government primary school in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh is in the news, and all for the wrong reasons.

He is being blamed for giving “shelter” to Indra Bishnoi, a prime accused in the Bhanwari Devi, at his parental house in Nemawar area of Dewas district in 2015.

Parashar feels “cheated” and “betrayed” by Indra’s nephew Atal Bishnoi, a resident of Harda, on whose recommendation he had let the woman stay in his house as a tenant.

The teacher is now desperately looking for Atal who, he says, owns a tractor showroom at Harda town and has been missing ever since Rajasthan ATS team arrested Indra on Friday. His phone is switched off.

Talking to Hindustan Times over phone Parashar said the house was built by his late father, a government teacher, at Nemawar by the River Narmada during his posting there. His mother continued to live there even after Parasher moved out. Indra stayed in the house till his mother breathed her last about seven months ago and then moved to an ashram at Narmada bank from where she was arrested by ATS.

“I am highly upset. The entire world seems to be against me now, even though I didn’t commit any crime. I believed Atal’s words and rented out a room to Indra with the hope that she would help my mother who was alone,” Parasher said, adding that he was not in the know of “Indra’s credentials”.

Parashar met Indra on certain occasions. “She was mostly involved in pooja and I found her good-natured,” he added.

The local police have recorded his statement. “I don’t think they will arrest me. I have done nothing wrong,” Parashar said, adding that he has decided not to rent out the house anymore.

Indra dodged police for six years before being arrested on Friday. The murder of the 36-year-old Bhanwari Devi in neighbouring Rajasthan had rocked the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government. Sixteen people, including former minister Mahipal Singh Maderna and Indra’s bother Malkhan Singh, a former Congress MLA, were arrested in connection with the Bhanwari Devi’s murder case, now being probed by the CBI.

A trained auxiliary nursing mid-wife (ANM), Devi was abducted from Jodhpur’s Bilara area on September 1, 2011. Her husband Amarchand alleged she was abducted on the orders of Maderna, who was then Rajasthan’s minister for water.


First Published: Jun 05, 2017 21:26 IST