Bhan­wri’s lust for life made her vul­ner­a­ble to dan­ger­ous li­aisons

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School’s out

Youngest of seven chil­dren, Bhan­wri Devi's par­ents were daily wage labour­ers at the Aditya thread mill in Kis­hangarh, near Ajmer. She stud­ied at a govern­ment school till Class VIII.

Dress to thrill

Hus­band Amar Chand re­calls their days in Jaisalmer in the late 1990s as the hap­pi­est. He and Bhan­wri spent their evenings strolling in lo­cal parks.“bhan­wri,” he says,“liked dress­ing up.” She of­ten had her pic­ture taken at lo­cal stu­dios.

Quick fix

It was Bhan­wri’s fa­ther-in-law, a govern­ment health worker, who en­cour­aged her to do a course in nurs­ing. Her first job as an aux­il­iary nurse and mid­wife was in Jaisalmer in late 1990s. Says a doc­tor who worked with her, "She could change from a sari to a nurse’s skirt or trousers with ease." Bhan­wri loved to pam­per her­self. Her dress­ing ta­ble in Ba­raunda had a tube of L’oreal cream and aloe vera gel. Atread­mill was also propped up against a wall.

Seedy star

Fond of Kathak, Bhan­wri per­formed in eight mu­sic videos. These Rs 60 CDS are now go­ing for Rs 500. Ashop­keeper in Jodh­pur who prof­ited from her sud­den no­to­ri­ety says he plans to put up a poster of hers and wor­ship it.

Make it large

Bhan­wri and Amar Chand lived in his fa­ther’s house in Ba­raunda. Afew years ago they made some ad­di­tions, adding a sec­ond bed­room on the sec­ond floor. The sec­ond floor has an at­tached toi­let with fancy tiles. Bhan­wri went miss­ing be­fore the tile work was com­pleted.

Close con­nec­tion

She first met Malkhan Singh Bish­noi, who then in­tro­duced her to Maderna in 2003. While she and Malkhan were a well-known cou­ple in Jodh­pur, her re­la­tion­ship with Maderna was much more dis­creet.

Dead or alive?

Bhan­wri has been miss­ing since Septem­ber 1 this year, ever since she left home for Bi­lara to col­lect money from the sale of her Swift car. Her hus­band says she also car­ried the sex CD with her.

Ar­ranged love

Mar­ried at 14, her hus­band Amar Chand is from Ba­raunda, near Jodh­pur. They have three chil­dren.


PU­RUSHOT­TAM DI­WAKAR /­di­a­to­day­im­



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