Amid outrage over the alleged murder of a 19-year-old woman by the BJP leader’s son in Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Pushkar Dhami ordered the demolition of a resort owned by the accused, ANI reported. Abhinav Kumar, Special Secretary General of the CM, said demolition was underway late Friday night on orders from Dhami at Vanatara Resort in Rishikesh, which is owned by Pulkit Arya.
Pulkit Arya is the son of Vinod Arya, a BJP leader from Haridwar and former Chairman of the Uttarakhand Mati Kala Board.
Arya was among three people arrested on Friday for allegedly murdering a woman who worked as a receptionist at his resort on Chilla Road in the Yamkeshwar area. The woman went missing from Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal earlier this week, police said.
Arya was arrested along with Saurabh Bhaskar, 35, and Ankit Gupta, 19, and all have confessed to the crime, police added.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Yashwant Singh Pauri Garhwal said Bhaskar worked as a manager at the resort and Gupta was his assistant. The senior police officer said Arya contacted police on Sept. 20 with a missing complaint to mislead the investigation. However, the victim’s father suspected the role of Arya and the staff after the woman’s friend approached him with a WhatsApp conversation that suggested the trio’s involvement.
“During the investigation, the police learned that the accused and the woman had gone to Rishikesh on Sunday. On the way back, Pulkit and the woman got into an argument, after which the accused threw her into a canal in Chilla,” the SSP said.
A spokesman for the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) confirmed the victim’s body was recovered from the Chilla Canal and her relatives were called to identify her, ANI reported on Saturday morning.
According to a police officer who asked not to be named, the woman was allegedly pressured by Pulkit into engaging in prostitution.
The defendants were charged under Sections 302 (Murder), 201 (Causing the Disappearance of Evidence of a Crime or Providing False Information to Verify the Offender) and 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy) of the Indian Criminal Code.