Bhanwari Devi case: Ashes sent for DNA tests, Maderna's custody extended

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 06, 2012 17:00 hrs

Jodhpur, Jan 6 (IANS) A team of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) Friday sent the ashes collected from a site in Jodhpur to New Delhi for a DNA test to ascertain if they were the remains of Rajasthan nurse Bhanwari Devi, while a court extended the custody of sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna, arrested for his alleged role in her disappearance.

Bhanwari Devi, allegedly shown in a compromising position with Maderna in a CD, had gone missing Sep 1, 2011.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) produced Maderna before the additional chief judicial magistrate, who extended the ex-minister's judicial custody till Jan 20.

Parasram Bishnoi, the other accused and a Congress legislator's brother, was also presented in court and his judicial custody was also extended till Jan 20.

Parasram is the brother of Luni legislator Malkhan Singh Bishnoi, who has also been arrested by the CBI for his alleged involvement in the case.

Meanwhile, a team of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) Friday recovered some items from a canal suspected to be belonging to the accused who disposed of her body and the nurse herself, sources. The item include two guns, a gunny bag, a bat and some bone parts.

The CFSL sent ashes and these items collected from Jaloda village in Jodhpur to New Delhi for a DNA test to ascertain if they were the remains of Bhanwari Devi, sources said.

Bhanwari Devi's body was allegedly burnt by a gang of criminals led by Bishnaram Bishnoi in 30-feet deep carter near Jadola Sep 1.

A court here Thursday has remanded Bishnaram Bishnoi and his aide Kailash Jakhar to CBI custody till Jan 16.

Bishnaram Bishnoi was arrested near Pune in Maharashtra Wednesday while Jakhar, believed to be the owner of a jeep used to dispose the body, was nabbed in Rajasthan Tuesday.

The CSFL team arrived in Jodhpur Thursday along with CBI director A.P. Singh after the investigators Wednesday identified the spot where the nurse's body was allegedly disposed after her abduction Sep 1.

It is alleged that Bhanwari was burnt and her remains were then dumped in a nearby canal.

The forensic team has collected some ashes believed to be the remains of the nurse, sources added. The canal was also being examined by divers.

The CBI had taken Omprakash Bishnoi, an arrested accused, to a place near Jaloda village where the nurse's body was reportedly burnt.

In a chargesheet filed by the CBI, it was alleged that three men kidnapped the nurse from Jodhpur's Bilara area Sep 1, killed her and then handed over her body Bishnaram Bishnoi.

According to sources close to the CBI, Maderna and Malkhan Singh were hand-in-glove in the 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.

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

The CBI also arrested Malkhan's brother Parasram Bishnoi as well as two others - Umesharam and Omprakash Bishnoi.

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