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Rajasthan Govt. taking Bhanwari Devi case seriously: Ashok Gehlot

Ajmer , Mon, 14 Nov 2011 ANI

Ajmer, Nov. 14 (ANI): Asserting that the state government has taken up the Bhanwari Devi case seriously, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday expressed hope that the mystery behind the unfortunate disappearance of a nurse would be revealed with the arrest of four prime suspects.


Gehlot said the investigations are going on in the right direction, and added that he had chaired two important meetings to discuss the progress in the case since Sunday.


"We held a meeting in the CM house in which all the officials and Home Minister took part. We had a discussion, reviewed and considered the matter. We also learnt that investigations have led to the arrest of all four suspects. We will not tolerate such incidents in any district or any part of the state," he said.


Gehlot further said the state government is acting on a tip off to resolve the matter.


"Whatever investigation we are supposed to do, we will surely do that. In yesterday's meeting I had already given instructions. For two hours we have reviewed the matter. You can understand how seriously the government is taking up this matter," he added.


The Rajasthan High Court today directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to expedite investigation in the Bhanwari Devi case.


While asking the CBI to conclude its probe at the earliest, the court gave it ten days time to submit the progress report on or before November 24.


The CBI would also resume the interrogation of sacked Rajasthan Minister Mahipal Maderna, an accused in Bhanwari Devi case. Maderna had earlier skipped the questioning on health grounds.


The CBI has so far seized a camcorder and a computer, which may hold vital clues about the mysterious disappearance of Bhanwari Devi.


It has sought help of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory as well as private experts to retrieve the data.


The agency stumbled upon the camcorder and the computer during one of its searches in connection with the case, but found that data has been erased.


Bhanwari, 36, was posted as auxiliary nurse and midwife at a sub-centre in Jaliwada village, around 120 kms from Jodhpur, and went missing on September one.


Her husband, Amarchand, has alleged she was abducted at the behest of Maderna and his associates.


The charges were denied by Maderna, who was sacked by Chief Minister Gehlot on October 16.


Earlier this month, the CBI has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for information about whereabouts of Bhanwari.


The investigating agency also announced another Rs one lakh for information leading to the arrest of absconding accused Sahiram, who is suspected to be the mastermind behind Devi's disappearance. (ANI)


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