CBI confirms Bhanwari Devi murder

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 15:02 hrs

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday filed the status report on its investigation in the Bhanwari Devi case in the Jodhpur bench of Rajasthan High Court and claimed that the missing midwife nurse was 'killed'.

The probe agency formally announced Bhanwari´s death to the court nearly four months after she went missing.

The next hearing on the sensational case will take place on Feb 21.

The CBI had claimed a breakthrough in the case after the probe agency recovered remains of the nurse´s body and other items that belonged to her from the Rajiv Gandhi Lift Canal near Jaloda village in Jodhpur.

Bhawari´s son Sahil told that some of the items recovered from the canal belonged to her mother.

The police divers on Saturday had recovered a wrist watch, a toe ring, a pendant, a broken chain, pieces of burnt bones and a tooth from the canal.

The CBI team that was investigating the case said that all the recovered items belong to Bhanwari Devi who was reportedly burnt there and thrown in the canal.

Earlier on Friday, the bat which was allegedly used by hired killers to smash the head of missing nurser Bhanwari Devi was recovered from the canal.

A team of investigative personnel from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) had arrived in Jodhpur on Thursday to examine the spot where the body of missing nurse Bhanwari Devi was disposed of.

The team, headed by deputy director rank official visited the Jaloda village where Bhawari was supposed to have been burnt in a crater.

Earlier, the CBI arrested Kailash Jakhar who allegedly dumped Bhanwari Devi´s body.

Jakhar was arrested on Jan 3 night in a truck on the Jodhpur-Ajmer highway.

The CBI had zeroed in on places in Jaloda village where there was a possibility of her body being buried.

The CBI sleuths camped in the village and combed the areas with sophisticated devices.

Sources said the searches were intensified after interrogating accused Om Prakash Bishnoi, who allegedly was involved in disposing of Bhanwari Devi´s body.

The Bhanwari Devi case has already created a turbulence in Rajasthan´s political paradigm.

The Jodhpur Police in September had registered a case of rape, murder and criminal conspiracy against former Congress minister Mahipal Maderna in the case of the missing Dalit nurse.

The case was filed after a Bilara trial court directed Rajasthan Police to probe alleged role of Maderna in the case.

Minister Maderna allegedly had an affair with Bhanwari Devi as CDs that were recovered by CBI showed the minister and Bhanwari Devi in a compromising position.

Congress Members of Legislature (MLA) Malkhan Singh Bishnoi was also seen in a compromising position with Bhanwari Devi in the CD along with Maderna.

Mahipal Maderna was dropped from the Ashok Gehlot cabinet on Oct 16.

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