Uttarakhand’s police chief said on Saturday that the 19-year-old receptionist, whose body was recovered from a canal on Saturday, was under pressure from the resort’s owner to provide ‘special services’ to clients.
Uttarakhand’s police chief said on Saturday the 19-year-old receptionist, whose body was recovered from a canal on Saturday, was under pressure from the resort’s owner to provide ‘special services’ to clients. DGP Ashok Kumar said this was known through the girl’s conversation with a friend of his. Earlier, a Facebook friend of the receptionist reportedly said her friend was killed because she refused to have sex with guests as demanded by the owner of the resort where she worked.
A receptionist at a resort owned by the son of a BJP leader was reportedly killed by the owner and his two other employees. Before her body was found, she was reported missing by her parents after they could not find her in her bedroom on Monday morning.
Apparently the friend said she called him the night she was killed to tell him she was in trouble. According to reports, the victim told her friend that the owner and managers of the resort where she worked were pressuring her to have sex with guests visiting the resort.
After 8:30 p.m., his phone became unreachable. When, after repeated attempts, he was unable to connect with her, the girl’s friend called Pulkit Arya, the owner of the resort, said she went to her room to sleep. The next day, when he allegedly called Arya again, his phone was also found switched off. The friend then called Ankit, the resort manager, who said she was at the gym.
He then spoke to the resort manager who told him he had not seen the girl that day. The owner of the complex, Pulkit Arya, his manager and his deputy manager were arrested on Friday and taken into custody for 14 days.
Pulkit Arya, the main defendant in the case, is the son of Vinod Arya, a BJP leader from Haridwar. The politician was previously chairman of the board of directors of Uttarakhand Mati Kala.
An angry mob attacked the police car as the defendants were taken to a court in Kotdwar on Friday. The mob smashed the car windows and brutalized the three men.
Some women, part of the crowd, demanded that the accused be hanged. Residents of Bhogpur, where the resort is located, also threw rocks at it and smashed its windows in protest.
In a late Friday night action, authorities began demolishing the resort, saying it had been built illegally. The girl’s body was found on Saturday morning in the Cheela Channel where she had been dumped by her suspected killers.
An autopsy of his body is currently underway at the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh, police said. On the alleged delay in action against the culprits, DGP Kumar said the case was transferred to the regular tax police on Thursday and within 24 hours the defendants were sent behind bars. Meanwhile, a pickle factory near the Arya-owned resort caught fire on Saturday, raising doubts whether it was an attempt by the accused killer to destroy evidence.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has ordered an SIT, led by DIG P Renuka Devi, to investigate the girl’s murder. Congress held protests at district headquarters on Saturday to speak out against poor security for women in the state. CCP Chairman Karan Mahra said the girl disappeared on September 18 and the FIR was filed four days later. This shows that the state government is not serious in its actions. Women are not safe in Uttarakhand, Mahra said.
“The measures taken by the state government are only eye drops. The complex has only been partially demolished. “It could also be an attempt to destroy evidence,” said the head of the Pradesh Congress, Garima Dhasauni.