Ankita Bhandari Murder Updates: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami today said the murder case of 19-year-old Ankita Bhandari, who worked as a receptionist at a resort near Rishikesh, would be tried in a fast-track court. He also announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for his family from Pauri-Garhwal region.
Pulkit Arya, son of expelled BJP leader Vinod Arya, who is the owner of the resort, and was allegedly murdered by two employees when he offered guests at the resort “special services” – his code for prostitution. – refused to provide.
Four days after his disappearance, three people were arrested and charged with murder last Friday, following outrage on social media and allegations of police inaction due to Pulkit Arya’s links with the ruling party.
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Later the BJP expelled Pulkit’s father and former minister Vinod Arya and his brother Ankit Arya.
Ankita’s body was found from a nearby water drain. The post-mortem confirmed that he died of drowning and also suffered injuries.
Meanwhile, more allegations have come to the fore. Former employees have alleged that drug abuse and prostitution were routine “services” at the resort of Vanantara, about 10 km from Rishikesh in Pauri district.
The resort management will provide the guests with illicit liquor, ganja (cannabis) and other drugs and even girls. , He had resigned in August before Ankita Bhandari joined. Ankita, who worked to feed her family, died less than a month after joining.
Chief Minister Dhami had already said that “stern action” would be taken “no matter who is involved”.
The case has also put a question mark on the rural crime management in the state. In some rural areas, complaints are filed by the patwari (land revenue officer) – this is what happened in Ankita Bhandari’s case – and later taken up by the regular police.
Questioning the demolition of the resort, Ankita Bhandari’s family and protesters initially refused to cremate her body. He says that this is an attempt to destroy the evidence.
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