Uttarakhand teen’s family asks why resort was razed, refuses to be cremated – Flying Journals

Uttarakhand teen's family asks why resort was razed, refuses to be cremated

The resort has been demolished by order of the state government

The family of a 19-year-old receptionist murdered in Uttarakhand has refused to perform her final rites and questioned the state government’s actions in the case.

Here are 10 developments from the big story

  1. Challenging the state government’s move to demolish the resort where the woman worked, her family claims it was done to destroy evidence in the case, in which the son of a senior BJP leader is the main defendant.

  2. They also called for a new autopsy. An interim report said the woman had drowned and her body showed signs of blunt force injuries. The autopsy was performed by a team at AIIMS in Rishikesh. Officials are now trying to persuade the family to carry out the final rites.

  3. Opposition parties have also questioned the demolition under the order of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. “It was a planned murder. It was suspected that the demolition was to destroy evidence,” senior Congress leader and former chief minister Harish Rawat told NDTV.

  4. The 19-year-old was allegedly murdered by the son of the hotel owner, the BJP leader, and two others allegedly rejected their attempts to push her into prostitution. The woman’s body, first reported missing, was recovered from a canal yesterday.

  5. The arrest of Phuket Arya, the son of now-expelled BJP leader Vinod Arya, and two others on suspicion of crimes has sparked huge protests in the state.

  6. Opposition parties have accused police of being slow in the investigation due to the accused’s links to the ruling party and questioned the delay in FIR registration. State police chief Ashok Kumar explained that the area where the resort is located is not under the jurisdiction of the regular police. “We have a system for land tax officers to register FIRs,” he explained the delay.

  7. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami assured “the toughest action”. “This is a very heinous crime. Whoever is to blame will not be spared,” he said.

  8. The accused’s father, Vinod Arya, a former chairman of a state committee whose post was ministerial, and his brother Ankit Arya, also a BJP staffer, have been arrested. The party was expelled.

  9. Apart from Pulkit Arya, resort manager Saurabh Bhaskar and assistant manager Ankit Gupta were also arrested. Police said the girl was last seen on CCTV camera footage with three men.

  10. After the horrific crime, anger has spread to the streets of Yamashiro. Yesterday, local residents surrounded a police car transporting the accused, smashing windows and attacking them. The police somehow managed to rescue them.

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