Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami ordered district magistrates on Friday to investigate all resorts in the state following the suspected murder of a 19-year-old girl. The girl, identified as Ankita Bhandari, was working as a receptionist at a resort in the Yamkeshwar block of the Pauri district.
Three people, including Pulkit Arya, were arrested in the murder case on Friday. Pulkit Arya is the son of former Uttarakhand minister and BJP leader Vinod Arya.
What’s the whole matter
Pulkit Arya, owner of Vanantra Resort by the Ganges in Rishikesh, was arrested on Friday along with two accomplices for throwing Ankita Bhandari into a waterway near the resort after she resisted Arya’s unwanted sexual advances.
The girl had rejected Arya’s sexual advances. It is also alleged that the owner was pushing the teenager into prostitution, something that had worried the girl lately. Bhandari belonged to the Srikot village located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. She recently started working at the resort. Arya has confessed to the crime, according to reports.
When Bhandari disappeared on September 19, Arya’s two accomplices concocted a story that Bhandari disappeared without her knowledge.
However, the victim’s family and friends launched a search through CCTV footage and showed that Bhandari had called her family the night before her disappearance and that there was no reason for her to go out alone.
Three culprits arrested
While several broken cameras were found in the initial investigation, police found clues linking Arya to the murder. Police found a home tape of Bhandari crying as he talks to a colleague. Ankita Bhandari’s chats indicated that Pulkit Arya, her culprit, tried to make sexual advances towards her, all of which she rejected and that angered Arya.
After days of searching for the deceased, the police finally apprehended the three culprits just after the matter was handed over to the regular police on September 22.
Uttarakhand Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar told ANI news agency that resort owner Pulkit Arya (35), manager Saurabh Bhaskar (35) and assistant manager Ankit Gupta (19) were arrested in the case.
“The girl disappeared five or six days ago. The resort area was not within a regular police station area. There is a Patwari police system here and an FIR was registered on behalf of the resort owner,” he said. . he said.
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