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Maderna, wife and Cong MLA quizzed in case of missing nurse

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today interrogated Congress MLA Malkhan Singh in the case of missing nurse Bhanwari Devi, who is suspected to have been abducted, sexually exploited and killed, even as the agency continued questioning sacked Minister Mahipal Maderna for the second day.

According to reports received at the State headquarters here, Maderna's wife and Rajasthan State Apex Cooperative Bank chairperson Lila Maderna and a lady police personnel were also being quizzed.

Legislator Malkhan Singh was summoned at the agency's office in Jodhpur where interrogation was still in progress. Maderna, who was dismissed from the cabinet last month in the wake of this controversial case, was also questioned at the agency's office there, sources told UNI over telephone.

Advani calls for simultaneous LS, Assembly polls

Senior BJP leader L K Advani said on Friday it was time to seriously consider the desirability of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies in the country.

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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani today said it was time to seriously consider the desirability of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies in the country.
 
"Similarly, state funding of elections is an idea whose time has come," Mr Advani said at a press conference during a stopover here in his Jan Chetna Yatra against corruption and black money.
 
"We are proud of Indian democracy. Free and fair election is the instrument to know popular will in a democracy. It is eminently desirable that comprehensive electoral reform is undertaken to make our democracy more accountable and responsive," he said.

CBI grills former Rajasthan Minister in Bhanwari Devi case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today questioned sacked Rajasthan Minister Mahipal Maderna in connection with the alleged kidnapping and murder of the an auxiliary nurse midwife Bhanwari Devi, who has been missing since September 1.

"Mr Maderna was questioned in the CBI office in Jodhpur," an official from the agency said. 
 
CBI sources said he was being questioned on the basis of the CDs recovered by the agency from a bank locker allegedly owned by the 36-year-old nurse. She went missing from Jodhpur on September 1.

CBI arrests four in Rajasthan cop's burning case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested three persons and a sub-inspector of police under suspension in connection with a case relating to the alleged murder of a police officer by a mob on March 17 this year in Rajasthan.
 
The three persons were all residents of Surval village and were held in connection with the alleged murder of Phool Mohammed, the then station house officer (SHO) of Man Town Police Station in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan.
 
The case also relates to culpable homicide not amounting to murder of Rajesh Meena, resident of Badolas in Sawai Madhopur and damage to public property and hurt to other police personnel, the release said.

CBI announces Rs 5 lakh reward for info in Bhanwari Devi case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for credible information leading to the recovery of Bhanwari Devi, a nurse and folk singer in Rajasthan, who has been missing since September 1.
 
The family of the 36-year-old auxiliary nurse and midwife (ANM), a resident of Berunda village in Jodhpur district, suspects that she was abducted and murdered. 
 
Her husband has alleged that she was abducted at the behest of former state Water Resources Minister Mahipal Maderna and his associates. They have denied the charges.
 
The CBI has also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for absconding accused Sahiram in the case.
 
A press release from the agency said the information may be given at CBI Camp Office, Circuit House, Jodhpur (Rajasthan) on phone numbers:             09530346277, 09530346277, 02912513315 and 01124368641. The identity of the informer will be kept confidential, it said.
 
Meanwhile, the police remand of Shahbuddin, a key accused in the case, was extended by five days on Monday.
 
The CBI took over the investigation of the case on October 11 and registered a case in this regard.
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2 killed in train-tractor collision in Rajasthan; mob blocks route

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Two persons were killed and one injured seriously when their tractor trolley rammed into a speeding goods train near here today after its occupants forced open a level crossing gate.
 
According to a railway spokesman, the occupants of the tractor trolley assaulted gateman Radhey, forced him to open the gate of the level crossing (No 248) between Bharatpur and Dhormi Jagina stations and then made an unsuccessful bid to get through the crossing.
 
In the process, the tractor trolley rammed into a fast approaching 
goods train and the collision left two persons dead and one injured
critically, the spokesman said.
 
Later, a mob blocked the rail route, forcing the railway authorities to divert some important trains on alternative routes. Eleven trains were diverted and the run of two trains was suspended, the spokesman added.
 
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SC directs Rajasthan ADGP to surrender in Dara Singh encounter case

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The Supreme Court today directed Rajasthan Additional Director General of Police A K Jain who is wanted in connection with the fake encounter of Dara Singh by the State police, to surrender before the authorities.
 
Several senior Police officers are facing allegations of their alleged involvement in the killing of Dara Singh. The alleged criminal, who was involved with the liquor mafia, was shot dead by the state Police in October 2006 in Jaipur.
 
Earlier, counsel for the petitioner had contended that Mr Jain had been evading interrogation and was not cooperating in the investigation.
 
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Dacoits loot passengers of GT Express near Dholpur

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A gang of dacoits robbed passengers of the Gwalior-bound GT Express of cash, ornaments and other valuables after injuring five of them yesterday.

The train was on its way to Gwalior from Delhi via Agra when the robbers boarded it from Dholpur, police and railway sources said today.

The outlaws resorted to firing and assaulted the passengers as soon as the train reached the outskirts of the city.

The miscreants shot at three passengers, beat up two others and looted around Rs 1 lakh in cash and ornaments from the terrorised passengers, the sources said.

Later, the dacoits stopped the train at the Chambal bridge by pulling the chain and fled with the booty into the ravines of Chambal.

The injured passengers - three with bullet injuries - were admitted to hospitals in Morena and Gwalior, the sources said.

Four Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel, who were on duty on board, have been suspended, they added.

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Rajasthan: CBI quizzes two accused in case of missing nurse

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today interrogated two accused in the sensational case related to alleged sexual exploitation, abduction and suspected killing of an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), Bhanwari Devi, even as the Rajasthan High Court adjourned hearing in the habeas corpus filed for recovery/production of the woman, untraceable since September 1.

The CBI sleuths today went to the jail here to interrogate accused Sohanlal and Baldev alias Balva and quizzed them for more than an hour, official sources said.

3 injured as train hits JCB machine in Rajasthan

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Three people, including a railway employee, were injured when the Kathgodam/Ranikhet bound Bikaner-Kathgodam Express train hit a JCB machine crossing the tracks between Napasar and Sita near here yesterday afternoon.

According to Railway and police sources, the JCB engaged in work for construction of a flyover was crossing the tracks, ignoring the fast approaching train.

One injured person was admitted to hospital in Ratangarh while two were brought to the PBM Hospital here, sources said.

The train, however, proceeded on its run to the destination, they added.

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Missing nurse case: Rajasthan Minister Maderna sacked

Rajasthan Water Resources and Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) Minister Mahipal Maderna has been sacked from the Cabinet in the wake of controversy over his relations with auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) Bhanwari Devi who has gone missing since September 1.

According to sources, Governor Shivraj Patil has dismissed Mr Maderna on the advice of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Industries Minister Rajendra Pareek has been entrusted with Mr Maderna's portfolios, the sources added.

The disappearance of the nurse has led to a major controversy in the state following allegations of her links with some politicians, including Mr Maderna and an MLA.

7 of family die in van-truck collision in Rajasthan

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Seven members of related families were killed in a collision between a speeding truck and a van near Indersar village in Rajgarh region of this district of Rajasthan this morning, police said here.

The victims were returning home in Fatehpur town of Sikar district, after paying obeisance at Haridwar, when their van was hit from the rear by a speeding truck.

The collision was so powerful that the van was damaged badly and all seven people, including a woman and a girl, died on the spot, police said.

Rescue teams had a tough time extricating the bodies from the damaged vehicle, the police added.

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Minor quake recorded in Haryana-Rajasthan border region

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the border region between Mahendragarh district of Haryana and Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

An IMD bulletin said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 28.2 degrees North and longitude 76 degrees East, occurred at 15.57 hours today at a depth of 6 km.

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CBI registers case in Bharatpur violence

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today registered a case in the Bharatpur violence in Rajasthan in which 10 people were killed in clashes between two communities last month.

The clashes took place in Gopalgarh between two communities over a land-related dispute.

An inquiry into the matter was referred to the CBI by the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan and a judicial probe was also ordered into the incident.

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CBI starts probe in Rajasthan missing nurse case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today took over the probe into the mysterious disappearance of Bhanwari Devi, a nurse in Rajasthan.

The CBI has registered a case in this regard, an official of the agency said.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had issued a notification in this regard on October 3.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had recommended the CBI probe on September 14.

State Health and Water Resources Minister Mahipal Maderna has been linked to Bhanwari's disappearance.

Bhanwari Devi, a midwife, is missing since September 1. Her husband has alleged that she was abducted at the behest of Maderna and his aides.

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Dalit youth beaten to death in Rajasthan in apparent honour killing

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In an apparent case of honour killing, a Dalit youth was tied to a tree and lynched in Dholipal village of this district of Rajasthan yesterday.

The youth, Prahlad, alias Babloo, had reportedly eloped with a young married woman of a different caste about three months ago, police said today.

Enraged with his act, the three brothers of the woman yesterday tied him to a tree at the "chaupal" in the village and assaulted him with batons, hammer and sharp-edged weapon in the broad daylight.

Later, the victim was rushed to the district hospital by his kin from where he was referred to Bikaner. However, he succumbed to his injuries on the way.

The three accused have been arrested and a case of murder and atrocities under the SCs and STs Atrocities(Prevention) Act lodged against them.

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Rahul Gandhi visits Gopalgarh to meet victims of violence

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Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today visited Gopalgarh town in this district of Rajasthan to meet the victims of the violence and firing on September 14 last which had left ten people dead.

Mr Gandhi reached here by road in the dusty town of the Meo-dominated Kaman region. He met the victims, took briefing from the officials and others and returned around 1000 hrs today.

Ten people died and 19 sustained injuries in violence and firing that broke out on September 14 following a tiff over conversion of pond land into a graveyard, that had forced the the authorities to impose indefinite curfew to control the situation.

Sohrabuddin encounter case : escaped witness-accomplice nabbed

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A witness in the infamous Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, who escaped from the Gujarat Police's custody here, was re-arrested last night, police said.

Sylvester Daniel, a vital witness and accomplice of slain criminal Sohrabuddin Sheikh - who was allegedly killed by the Gujarat Police - in a fake encounter in 2005 - was re-arrested by the local police last night near his residence here.

Sylvester, a member of Sheikh’s gang, fled from custody on Friday night while being escorted back to Vadodara by the Gujarat police after attending a court hearing in a 2007 case.

Sohrabuddin Sheikh case: Slain Sheikh's accomplice flees

A witness in the infamous case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter escaped from the Gujarat police's custody here last night.

Police said today that Sylvester, a vital witness and accomplice of slain criminal Sohrabuddin Sheikh who was allegedly killed by the Gujarat police in a fake encounter in 2005, was being escorted back to Ahmedabad by the Gujarat police after attending a court hearing here when he succeeded in giving the slip to the police.

The undertrial requested the police to allow him to answer nature's call while their jeep was passing by Hiran Magri area here last night.

The police let him go to bushes along the roadside but he escaped from there, the sources said adding that a manhunt has been launched to nab him.

An FIR has been lodged at the local police station by the Gujarat police, sources said.

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6 killed, 28 injured in road accident in Rajasthan

Six people were killed and 28 members of a group of students and teachers injured seriously in a collision between a private bus and a truck trailer near Sande Rao in this district of Rajasthan early today.

The bus was carrying around 35 students and teachers of a Jaipur-based private engineering college on a tour to Mount Abu when it rammed into the trailer at Kenpura village near Sande Rao around 0500 hrs today.

According to police sources the head-on collision left five passengers dead on the spot while one succumbed to injuries later on.

6 killed in bus-truck collision in Rajasthan

Six people were killed and 19 others seriously injured in a head-on collision between a private bus and a truck trailer near Sande Rao in this district of Rajasthan early today.

According to police sources, the collision left five people dead on the spot while one succumbed to his injuries later.

The injured were admitted to a hospital in Sumerpur from where four to five were referred to the district hospital here, the sources added.

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12 killed in truck-jeep collision in Rajasthan

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At least 12 people were killed and and six others injured in a collision between a jeep and truck near Borani in the Jahazpur region of this district of Rajasthan yesterday evening.

The jeep was carrying passengers from Deoli in nearby Tonk district to Jahazpur when it rammed into the truck coming from the opposite direction, around 1845 hrs yesterday, a police spokesman said.

The deceased included nine women, two children and the driver-cum owner of the jeep, which was carrying 16 passengers.

MiG-21 crashes in Barmer district of Rajasthan; pilot safe

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An Indian Air Force(IAF) MiG-21 fighter plane crashed near Uttarlai air base in this district of Rajasthan today, but the pilot managed to bale out safely.

According to defence sources, the plane was on a routine sortie and crashed in Kundala village near the Uttarlai base while it was returning to land.

The plane caught fire after the crash and two fire brigade teams were pressed into service to put out flames. In the meantime, the pilot baled out safely, they said.

IAF and district administration officials rushed to the spot, the sources added.

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6 killed, 10 injured in road accident in Rajasthan

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Six people were killed and 10 others injured in an accident involving three vehicles near Balaji town in this district of Rajasthan late last night.

The incident occurred around 2300 hrs last night when the bus rammed into a stationary jeep and a car along the roadside, leaving six people dead, the police said.

The injured were admitted to the Government Hospital here, the police added.

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7 killed as driver ploughs bus through passengers after tiff in Rajasthan

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Seven devotees from Agra were killed and more than a dozen injured when a drunken driver ploughed his bus through them in this town of Rajasthan early today following a tiff over the payment of the fare.

The group from Agra which boarded the private bus at a bus stand here for proceeding to Kaila Devi shrine around 0400 hrs, had a dispute over the payment of fare at a petrol pump where the driver stopped to take fuel, the police said.

The driver allegedly forced them to de-board. The passengers were walking near the Government College here when the drunken driver, in a fit of rage, ploughed the bus through them, the police said.

While six persons died on the spot, one injured succumbed to his injuries later on the way to Jaipur.

The injured were admitted at the Government Hospital here from where two were referred to the SMS Hospital in Jaipur, the sources added.

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