Uttarakhand Receptionist Murder: The family of a 19-year-old receptionist, whose murder sparked protests in Uttarakhand, agreed to cremate the body and asked the authorities to clear the crowd. The family had initially questioned the government’s action in the matter.
The family of the 19-year-old had refused to cremate the body, questioning the demolition of the resort. He said it was an attempt to destroy evidence in a case in which the son of a senior BJP leader – who has now been expelled – is the main accused.
Locals have blocked the Srinagar-Kedarnath highway in protest and despite requests from the administration and family, the protesters refused to move forward.
A provisional postmortem report stated that the teenager had died of drowning and that there were injury marks on her body due to blunt force. The family had sought release of the report, but the district magistrate of Pauri rejected it saying that the sealed cover report can only be presented in the court.
District magistrate Dr Vijay Jogdande said, “The team of four doctors conducted the postmortem. We are in constant touch with the family. Today they agreed for the cremation and said that they want only the family to be present.”
The teenager was allegedly murdered by the hotel owner, the son of a BJP leader and two others after he resisted their alleged attempts to push her into prostitution. He was initially reported missing and his body was recovered yesterday from a canal.
Pulkit Arya, son of expelled BJP leader Vinod Arya, resort manager Saurabh Bhaskar and assistant manager Ankit Gupta have been arrested. Police said the teenager was last seen in CCTV camera footage along with three men.
Former state board chairman Vinod Arya, with a ministerial rank, and his brother Ankit Arya, who is also a BJP functionary, have been expelled by the party. Mr Arya, however, claimed that he had resigned. He also said that Pulkit was no more with him.
The opposition has accused the police of delaying the investigation and questioned the delay in registering the FIR. State police chief Ashok Kumar said the area where the resort is located does not come under the jurisdiction of the regular police. “We have a system of land revenue officials registering FIRs,” he said, explaining the delay.
The opposition has also raised questions about it, accusing it of demolishing it on the orders of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Harish Rawat told NDTV, “It is a planned murder. People suspect that this demolition was done to destroy evidence.” Mr Jogdande said it was being probed as to who had issued the demolition order.
The chief minister has assured “stern action”. “This is a very heinous crime. Whoever is guilty will not be spared,” Mr. Dhami has said.
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