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Trial in Bhanwari Devi case to begin today

Jodhpur: The trial in the Bhanwari Devi abduction and murder case is expected to begin today in the SC/ST court. The special court (SC/ST cases) on Tuesday, 27th March, after the committal of the matter from the CBI court during the last hearing, extended the judicial custody of all the 10 accused till 2nd April to coincide with those of Sohan Lal Bishnoi, Shahabuddin and Balia.

With charge-sheet filed against all the 13 by the CBI, and the court taking cognizance of it, the long awaited trial of the case is all set to commence.

The charge-sheet filed by the CBI contained accounts of 300 witnesses and 313 documents in evidence.

Mahipal Maderna, Paras Ram Bishnoi, Malkhan Singh Bishnoi, Amarcahand, Umesh Ram Bishnoi, Sahi Ram Bishnoi and Kailash Jakhar were produced in the Special court (SC/ST cases) on Tuesday (27th March).

However, Bishna Ram Bishnoi, Ashok Bishnoi and Om Prakash Bishnoi could not appear in the court as all the 3 were on production warrant in some other matter.

On the other hand, the judicial custody of Pukh Raj, Dinesh and Reshma Ram was extended till April 9.

The CBI has kept the investigation pending and is in the process of filing the charge-sheet against the three. They were produced in the CBI court. The agency has not yet been able to find Indra Bishnoi.

On the other hand, the DNA report of the burnt bones, suspected to be of Bhanwari, obtained from the canal in Jaloda has not yet been received by the CBI either.

PTI


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