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India missing nurse Bhanwari Devi case: Husband held

Amar Chand (centre) with CBI officials (Press Trust of India)
Image caption Amar Chand was arrested on Thursday evening

Police in India have arrested the husband of a government nurse who disappeared mysteriously on 1 September in Rajasthan.

Amar Chand was arrested after he gave conflicting accounts during questioning and remained "un-cooperative", officials said.

Bhanwari Devi is presumed dead but her body has yet to be found.

A former state minister Mahipal Maderna and many others have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the case.

Mr Maderna says he is innocent.

'Pressured'

"The Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI] has arrested the husband of Bhanwari Devi in an ongoing investigation into a case relating to her alleged abduction," CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said on Thursday evening in Delhi.

"He has been examined by the CBI," she said.

Amar Chand's lawyer Manish Vyas told the Press Trust of India that his client was being "pressured unnecessarily" by the CBI.

Amar Chand had filed a petition in the Rajasthan high court alleging that Bhanwari Devi was kidnapped at the behest of Mr Maderna.

The court ordered the minister be made an accused after footage emerged that reportedly showed him in contact with the nurse.

The CBI says it has evidence that Mr Maderna was in touch with the nurse around the time of her abduction.

The case, initially investigated by Rajasthan police, was handed over to the CBI after the high court criticised state police for "going slow on the case" and accused the state government of acting to try to save the politician.

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