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CBI doubles reward to Rs 10L for info on missing Bhanwari

November 15, 2011 17:55 IST
Failing to get any substantial lead in the Bhanwari Devi disappearance case, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday doubled the reward to Rs 10 lakh to anyone providing credible information about the missing nurse.

The move comes within the fortnight of announcing a reward of Rs 5 lakh on November 1 even as the Rajasthan high court rapped the agency on Monday for the slow pace of investigation in the case.

"The information may be given at CBI Camp Office, Circuit House, Jodhpur (Rajasthan) on phone numbers: 09530346277, 09530346277, 02912513315, 01124368641. The identity of the informer will be kept confidential," CBI spokesperson said in New Delhi.

The CBI had announced reward of Rs 5 lakh to anyone giving information on Bhanwari Devi and Rs 1 lakh for providing inputs on absconding accused Sahiram, but it was not of much help, sources said. Sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna is a key suspect in the case and has been questioned by the CBI two times last week. Maderna was on Saturday admitted to hospital where he is undergoing treatment for "marginal blood pressure and mild chest pain".

A CD allegedly showing Maderna and Malkhan in compromising position with 36-year-old Bhanwari, an auxiliary nurse midwife at a sub-centre in Jaliwada village had come to light after which she went missing from Bilara on September 1. Her husband Amarchand had alleged she was abducted at the behest of Maderna.

Sources said it is believed that Bhanwari was introduced to Maderna some years back by Malkhan, who had already admitted to the CBI that he knew her. The CBI had moved an application in the CBI court for the lie-detection and other tests on November 9, citing Shahabuddin's non-cooperation in investigation.

"The CBI has so far not been able to extract substantial information from him and this is the only ray of hope for it in order to extract some crucial information leading to cracking of the case," CBI counsel S S Yadav argued in the court.

Shahabuddin had surrendered on 22 October and after 15 days of interrogation by the CBI, he was sent to judicial custody.

Bhanwari's husband Amarchand had alleged she was abducted at the behest of Maderna.Sources said it is believed that Bhanwari was introduced to Maderna some years back by Malkhan, who had already admitted to the CBI that he knew her. The agency also searched the farm house and residence of Parasram in Bilara town, 80 km from Jodhpur, CBI sources said. Parasram was questioned for five hours on Monday by the probe agency at the circuit house in New Delhi.

The residence of Indira Bishnoi was also searched by the agency from where it is understood to have seized a computer and some CDs, they said. A bank locker was also searched in Bilara in the presence of Indira and Parasram.

Meanwhile, Rajesh Parihar, who deals with video albums, was questioned by the CBI. He had prepared some folk video albums featuring Bhanwari.
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