CBI suspects foul; arrests Bhanwari Devi's husband

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New Delhi, Dec 9: The CBI on Thursday, Dec 7 arrested Amarchand Nat, the husband of missing auxiliary nurse Bhanwari Devi for his suspected role in the conspiracy.

Amarchand Nat, who was grilled by the CBI officials in Jodhpur on Wednesday, Dec 6 was evading questions about his activities on Sept 1, the day Bhanwari Devi went missing, which led to the ultimate suspicion.

"Amarchand seems to know a lot about the conspiracy, but refused to reveal anything to us," said a CBI official on condition of anonymity. "His conduct is suspicious and could be part of the conspiracy," the official added.

He also contradicted on his statements and refused to recognise the necklace that was recovered by the CBI from a jeep used to abduct her.

He excused himself by saying that he did not travel with Bhanwari Devi on Sep 1 to Bilada to collect payment for a car she had sold, as he had to take his vehicle to a mechanic to get it repaired.

"But the mechanic said his shop was shut on the relevant day," the official said.

CBI revealed that the conspiracy to abduct Bhanwari Devi was hatched by sacked Rajasthan Minister, Mahipal Maderna on July 23, when local television channel broke out the news of an existing sex CD that allegedly featured Maderna and Bhanwari Devi.

"In the next three days, Maderna spoke to Sahiram Bishnoi (an accused) 21 times, while Sohanlal, another accused, spoke to Bhanwari 14 times.

"The suspects offered to buy the CD for Rs 50 lakh. They had also offered to buy her Maruti Swift for a Rs 4.75 lakh," the official said.

Bhanwari was abducted when she went to collect these payments, added the official.

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