In the ongoing Uttarakhand receptionist murder case, Pulkit Arya, son of a BJP minister, was arrested after he confessed of killing the 19-year-old victim. The matter came to light when 19-year-old Ankita Bhandari had gone missing six days ago from a Rishikesh-based resort. Earlier on Saturday morning, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) rescue team recovered Ankita’s body from a canal in Rishikesh.

During investigation, the name of Pulkit Arya emerged as being the “main accused” in the case. Pulkit is reportedly son of BJP minister Vinod Arya. For the unversed, Vinod Arya was the Minister of State in BJP government which was once headed by Trivendra Singh Rawat.

Pulkit was brought into questioning, following which he confessed to having pushed the 19-year-old victim into a canal. The accused confessed that Ankita was pushed after there was an altercation between the two parties.

While the case remains under investigation, the motive of the murder that has been uncovered so far remains this – there was a resistance by Ankita when Pulkit and other accused tried to force her into prostitution. This enraged the accused, who after an altercation, pushed her in the canal.

The other accused involved have been identified as Saurabh Bhaskar, a resort manager, and Ankit. Meanwhile, a resort owned by Pulkit was demolished after his arrest as per state government’s orders.

The Facts of the Matter

In a country of over a billion people, murders unfortunately come dime a dozen. However, when the murder is committed by someone associated with a public servant, it raises questions on the state itself.

In one such incident, the son of a minister from the current ruling party was recently arrested for the murder of a 19-year-old woman, who was employed as a receptionist. The incident was reported from Uttarakhand.

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Body of 19-Year-Old Girl Found

Earlier on Saturday, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) recovered the body of 19-year-old Ankita Bhandari after she had gone missing for five days. After the preliminary investigation, Pulkit Arya, son of BJP minister Vinod Arya, was arrested for the murder of Ankita.

It should be noted that it was Pulkit himself, along with Ankita’s family, that had reported her to be missing. After investigation, it became clear that he and two staff members were involved in Ankita’s murder.

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Accused Confesses to Crime

The other two accused were identified as assistant manager Ankita Gupta, and manager Saurabh Bhaskar. After the suspects were taken into questioning, they confessed to the crime and turned from suspects into accused.

The three accused confessed of throwing Ankita into a canal after an altercation. Further, Pulkit had also thrown Ankita’s phone in the canal.

Motive of Murder Revealed

The police claimed that they are looking into the case with all possible angles. So far, the primary motive of the murder has been reported to be Ankita being forced into prostitution.

While speaking to Indian Express, Pauri Garhwal SSP Yaswant Singh said that there is a phone chat of the victim which indicate the accused bothering her.

The accused were first booked under section 365 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code. After their confession, the police added section 302 (murder), and section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence).

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Resort of Accused Demolished

Meanwhile, based on the orders of State Government, the administration carried out the demolition of Vanatara resort, owned by the accused Pulkit Arya. Amid outrage on social media and protests involving the adults and the youths alike, the Uttarakhand CM issued an order for the demolition.

In an ANI report, the CM Dhami was quoted saying, “t is unfortunate. Police are working, they have done their work to make the arrests. Strictest punishment would be given for such heinous crimes, whoever be the criminal.”

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