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Accused in Bhanwari Devi case escapes from court

Fugitive Kailash Jhakad is charged with disposing of Bhanwari Devi's body.

Written by Apurva | Jaipur | Published: June 14, 2012 2:10:51 pm

Kailash Jhakad,an accused in the Bhanwari Devi case,escaped from custody on Thursday morning while leaving a local court in Jodhpur. The Jodhpur police said members of Jhakad’s gang,waiting outside the sessions court,opened fire on Jhakad’s police escort as he was being led outside. They took off with him in a vehicle.

Another prime suspect in the same case Bishnaram Bishnoi,who was with Jhakad,also attempted to escape but was nabbed by his police escort immediately. The police also caught two members of the gang that carried out the escape. After grilling them,cops say they have sufficient information on where Jhakad has been taken and by whom.

The Jodhpur police have set up roadblocks and checkpoints on all roads leading out of Jodhpur in an effort to apprehend Jhakad. Incidentally,the duo was in court not for a hearing in the Bhanwari Devi case,but for a land-grabbing charge.

Jodhpur police commissioner Bhupendra Dak told ‘The Indian Express’ that the operation was pre-planned. “Members of Bishnoi and Jhakad’s gang waited in two SUVs outside the sessions court and opened fire on their police escort,injuring a shopkeeper. Though the police retaliated,Jhakad managed to get into the vehicle and flee,while Bishnoi was nabbed immediately. A search operation was initiated immediately,” Dak said.

Senior police officials said Bishnoi’s gang probably used country-made weapons to attack the jail escort,which included five constables and a commando. Sources also said neither prisoner was handcuffed as they were yet to be sentenced. A senior police official on grounds of anonymity said,“We believe we have identified who planned the escape and efforts are on to trace both the escaped prisoner and the gang members involved.”

Bishnoi is the leader of a gang in Jodhpur is suspected to have disposed of Devi’s body early in September after she was kidnapped allegedly on arrested Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna’s orders. He was arrested from Lonavala,Maharashtra on January 4. Bishnoi’s accomplice Jhakar was arrested in a joint operation between the CBI and the Jodhpur police on January 3.

Sources in the police said Jhakar was with Bishnoi on September 1 when Devi’s body was handed over to them. Senior officials said Jhakar had confessed to having burnt Devi’s body somewhere near Jaloda village near Phalodi,some 120 km from Jodhpur.

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