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Bhanwari case: Jakhar sent to 10-day police custody

by   Jul 4, 2012 09:51 IST

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Jodhpur: Bhanwari Devi abduction and murder case accused Kailash Jakhar, who was rearrested after he escaped from the high court premises here, was yesterday remanded in 10-day police custody by a local court.

The Judicial Magistrate (Metropolitan) sent Jakhar, who was produced in the court with handcuffs amid tight security, to 10 days police custody.

Jakhar was arrested Monday after he had escaped from the High Court premises here on 14 June with the help of armed assailants who opened fire to help him flee.

Bhanwari Devi was abducted and later murdered. Screengrab from IBNLive.com

Bishna Ram Bishnoi, another accused in the Bhanwari Devi case, was also produced in the court yesterday in connection with another case.

"Now we will interrogate Jakhar by cross-checking and confronting him with both Bishnois. Besides this, the police will continue to arrest all those who were involved in the escape of Jakhar," Police Commissioner Bhupendra Kumar Dak said.

Both Bishna Ram Bishnoi and Om Prakash Bishnoi are under police custody till 6 July.

Dak said the interrogation of Bishna and his brother Om was a determining factor leading to the arrest of Jakhar. He said both will be questioned to find out if there was any other motive behind the conspiracy of court escape.

Police have so far arrested 15 people in this case who were involved in helping Bishna Ram and Jakhar to flee from the court on 14 June.

"But we look forward to more arrests as there were approximately 30 persons involved in Jakhar's court escape bid," Dak said.

Police have announced a cash reward of Rs 1,000 on each of them. According to the police, the assailants tried to help both Bishna Ram and Jakhar to escape from custody but only Jakhar could escape.

Meanwhile, the dilly-dallying approach of sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal over his recommended surgery has left Jodhpur jail authorities in a fix, with the key accused in Bhanwari Devi case now seeking assurance of his fitness after undergoing operation.

"Instead of clearing his stand, Maderna Tuesday asked the jail doctor whether he will be able to move normally after the surgery or not. He has also asked how long he will have to be on bed rest after surgery," jail superintendent AR Nyazi said.

Currently lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail, Maderna, who is suffering due to slip disc, has till now refused to undergo operation recommended by a medical board on 26 June.

Pointing out that only doctors of the medical board which recommended the surgery can comment on the issue, Nyazi said the jail administration will again have to refer them.

Jodhpur Central Jail authorities had earlier said they would move to court if he continued to refuse to undergo surgery.

PTI