Anikata Bhandari, a Receptionist Murdered After Refusing “Sex”
The Uttarakhand DGP claimed that on Saturday, the resort owner pressured 19-year-old receptionist to offer “special services” to visitors.
Mean while, BJP expels Vinod Arya and Ankit Arya- the father and brother of main accused Pulkit Arya.
Main accused was arrested for receptionist’s murder in Uttarakhand’s Pauri district. Local people pelted stones and set fire his resort despite assurances of strict action by CM.
According to the friend of a receptionist at a resort owned by a BJP leader’s son, was allegedly killed by the owner and his two other employees.
As per the local reports, on Friday the arrest have been made of Pulkit Arya, resort manager Saurabh Bhaskar, and assistant manager Ankit Gupta after they admitted to killing the girl and tossing her body into Cheela canal.
They initially attempted to deceive the police, but after being harshly questioned, they confessed to the crime, as per Pauri ASP Shekhar Chandra Suyal.
A Facebook friend of the receptionist had reportedly said that his friend was killed because she refused to have sex with guests as demanded by the hotel owner.
The owner of the resort including his two employees are accused of killing her.
Her parents couldn’t locate her in her room on Monday morning, so they filed a missing person’s report before her body was discovered.
Reportedly, the friend said that she had called him the night she was killed to tell him she was in “trouble.” According to reports, the victim had told her friend that the owner and the managers of the resort where she worked were mounting pressure on her to have sex with guests visiting the resort.
After 8.30 pm, her phone went unreachable. When after repeated attempts he could not connect to her, the girl’s friend called Pulkit Arya, the resort owner, who said she had gone to her room to sleep.
As per her friend, she called him the night before she was killed to let him know she was “in difficulty.”
The receptionist told her friend that the owner and managers of the resort where she worked were putting pressure on her to engage in sexual activity with resort visitors.
She lost access to her phone after 8:30 o’clock. The girl’s companion called Pulkit Arya, the resort owner, who reported she had gone to her room to sleep after several failed attempts to communicate to her.
When he apparently contacted Arya’s again the next day, his phone was reportedly also turned off. When the friend called the resort’s manager, Ankit, he replied that she was in the gym.
The resort’s chef informed him that he had not seen the girl that day when he later spoke with him.
Pulkit Arya, the resort’s owner, as well as the manager and deputy manager were detained for 14 days in judicial custody on Friday.
The main defendant in the case, Pulkit Arya, is the child of Haridwar-based BJP leader Vinod Arya, who formerly served as the Uttarakhand Mati Kala Board’s chairman.
On Friday, when the accused were being driven to a court in Kotdwar, an enraged mob stormed the police vehicle.
An angry mob attacked the police car when the accused were being taken to a court in Kotdwar.
The mob smashed the window panes of the car and roughed up the accused and two other men in question.
Some women, part of the mob, demanded that the accused must be “hanged”.
Astonishingly, the resort of offense was being demolished by the officials late on Friday night after they claimed it had been constructed “illegally.
Meanwhile, the girl’s body was found Saturday morning in the Cheela canal where her suspected killers had threw her.
As per the local reports, her body is currently undergoing an autopsy at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh.
Regarding the controversy in delay in taking legal action against the criminals, DGP clarifired that the case was transferred from revenue police to regular police only on Thursday and after that the criminals were arrested within 24 hours.
Meanwhile, a pickle factory near the resort caught fire on Saturday, raising doubts whether it was an attempt to destroy evidence.
The Congress staged protests on Saturday decrying the poor safety of women in the state, alleging that it had been ignored by the government, where as CM Pushkar Singh Dhami has ordered an SIT, to be headed by DIG P Renuka Devi, to investigate the murder case of the girl.
The girl went missing on Sept 18 and the FIR was filed 4 days later, as per state PCC President Karan Mahra.
The state government’s current course of action is only an eyewash. Only a portion of the resort has been destroyed, he blamed.
Garima Dhasauni, a Pradesh Congress leader stated, “It can also be an attempt to erase evidence.