Bounty has also been doubled for information on an absconding suspect
The CBI on Friday doubled the reward from Rs five lakh to Rs10 lakh to anyone providing credible information on the missing nurse, Bhanwari Devi, as it carried out search operations at the farms of sacked minister Mahipal Maderna, a key suspect, and others.
Bhanwari Devi. File pic
On the fast track
The CBI move comes within a fortnight of announcing a reward of Rs five lakh for information on Bhanwari Devi's whereabouts on November 1, even as Rajasthan High Court rapped the agency for the slow pace of investigation.
The reward for information on another suspect, Sahiram Bishnoi, has also been increased from Rs one lakh to Rs five lakh, a CBI spokesperson said. CBI carried out searches at eight locations, including the farms of Maderna and Congress MLA Malkhan Singh's brother and sister, Parasram Bishnoi and Indira Bishnoi respectively.
Bhanwari's husband Amarchand was also questioned on Tuesday, who had alleged that she was abducted at the behest of Maderna. According to sources, it is believed that Bhanwari was introduced to Maderna some years back by Malkhan, who has already admitted to CBI that he knew her. Parasram was questioned for five hours by the probe agency at the circuit house here.