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Jan 07, 2012 at 03:43pm IST

Bhanwari case: CBI finds charred bones, jewellery

Jodhpur: A wrist watch, a toe ring, a pendant and a broken chain have been recovered from the Indira Gandhi canal near Jaloda village in Jodhpur, said to be the place where Rajasthan nurse Bhanwari Devi was murdered and burnt to death. The CFSL team reached the spot to examine the contents recovered.

The CBI team carrying the investigations said that the items belonged to Bhanwari Devi.

Bhanwari Devi had gone missing on September 1, 2011. Congress minister Mahipal Maderna was arrested and later on sacked from his party post for his alleged role in her disappearance, after a CD was found showing the nurse in a compromising position with the minister.

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

Meanwhile, the CFSL team has sent the ashes collected from the site to New Delhi for a DNA test to ascertain if they were the remains of Devi, while a court has extended the custody of sacked Maderna.

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

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

The CSFL team arrived in Jodhpur on Thursday along with CBI Director AP Singh after the investigators on Wednesday identified the spot where the nurse's body was allegedly disposed after her abduction on September 1.

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

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.