The murder of 19-year-old Ankita Bhandari, who worked as a receptionist at a resort near Rishikesh, will be tried in fast-track court, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said today. He also announced 2.5 million rupees as compensation to her family from Pauri-Garhwal area.
Phuket Arya, the son of ousted BJP leader Vinod Arya (who owns a resort) and two employees.
The three men were arrested and charged with murder on Friday, four days after she disappeared, only after social media outrage and live protests accused police of inaction over Pulkit Arya’s ties to the ruling party.
The BJP later expelled Pulkit’s father and former minister Vinod Arya, as well as his brother Ankit Arya.
Ankita’s body was found in a nearby waterway. An autopsy confirmed she drowned and suffered injuries.
Meanwhile, more allegations have surfaced. Drugs and prostitution were routine “services” at Vanantra, a resort in Pauri district about 10 kilometers from Rishikesh, the former employee claimed.
“The resort management will serve illegal alcohol, marijuana (marijuana) and other drugs, even girls,” said Rishita, where she worked as a receptionist while her husband, Vivek, worked as a housekeeper until two months ago. They resigned before Ankita Bhandari joined in August. Accepted the job to support his family and was killed less than a month into the job.
Chief Minister Dami has already said that “severe action” will be taken “whoever is involved”.
The case also puts a question mark on the state’s rural crime management.In some rural areas, complaints are made by Patvari (Land Tax Officer) – that’s what happened in Ankita Bhandari’s case – only later was taken over by ordinary police.
Ankita Bhandari’s family and protesters initially refused to cremate her body, questioning the demolition of the resort. They said it was an attempt to destroy evidence.