Bhanwari Devi case: Sahiram Bishnoi surrender

Sahiram Bishnoi, the key suspect in the case of Rajasthan missing nurse Bhanwari Devi, surrendered before a court here Friday morning, sources said. He was remanded in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody till Jan 2. In a major breakthrough in the Bhanwari Devi case, main accused Sahiram Bishnoi surrendered before a Jodhpur court on Friday. The CBI, which is investigating the case, had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for information on Bishnoi who was absconding since Bhanwari went missing on September 1. Bishnoi has been remanded to CBI custody till January 2. The police believe Bishnoi was paid to orchestrate Bhanwari’s abduction and murder.
Bhanwari, a nurse who had worked in several local folk albums allegedly had dangerous liaisons with politicians, disappeared when reports of a CD of herself with former Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna became the talk of the town. The CBI, which took over the probe in October, said Bhanwari tried to blackmail Maderna by threatening to make their relationship public. Maderna, who was sacked from the government following allegations of his involvement in the case, was arrested on December 3. He was reportedly introduced to Bhanwari by another Congress leader Luni MLA Malkhan Singh, who was also arrested earlier this week. Sahiram, a former deputy zilla pramukh of Jodhpur, is said to be very close to both Maderna and Singh. The CBI said Sahiram is the link between the people who carried out the abduction and probable killing of the nurse. The agency has chargesheeted three people in the case so far.