BJP leader’s son arrested over murder of Uttarakhand girl who worked at his resort | Top points


A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader’s son has been named as the main accused in the murder case of a teenager in Uttarakhand. The update relates to a 19-year-old girl who worked as a receptionist at the BJP leader’s son’s resort in the Laxman Jhula area of Rishikesh, and she was reported missing on September 19.

1. The police on Friday mentioned that the case of the missing girl had been converted to a murder charge. Following a missing complaint, Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal Police arrested the main accused, Pulkit Arya, who is the owner of the resort, along with assistant manager Ankit Gupta and manager Saurabh Bhaskar.

2. All three accused were presented before a court on Friday and sent to jail for 14 days of judicial custody.

The development came after the three accused, in police custody, confessed to pushing the victim into the canal near Chila Road. Following the incident, the girl drowned in the waterbody and the SDRF (state disaster response force) team was on the lookout for her body, the police stated.

( 302/201 IPC) SDRF SSP @uttarakhandcops @ANINewsUP

— Ashok Kumar IPS (@AshokKumar_IPS) September 23, 2022

3. The 19-year-old girl was a resident of Srikot village in Pauri Garhwal. She had been serving as a receptionist at the private resort in the Laxman Jhula area. Her family had filed a missing report after she could not be traced on September 18.

Based on the missing complaint, an FIR was registered three days later, on September 21.


4. On Friday, the authorities nabbed the three accused in the murder case and stated that they had thrown her into the waterbody after a dispute between them. “Sections of murder and concealment of evidence, sections 302 and 201 of the IPC have been charged against the accused,” SSP Pauri Garhwal said while adding that she drowned.

“The girl was missing for five days. The area falls under the revenue police jurisdiction. A missing complaint was filed with the revenue police. The case was transferred to Laxman Jhula Police on Thursday and within 24 hours all three accused were arrested,” Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar told India Today.

5. A search for her body is underway with the assistance of SDRF personnel.


6. Pulkit Arya, who is the owner of Vanantara Resort, is the son of former minister of state Vinod Arya. A source said that Pulkit got into controversies even during the pandemic lockdown after he entered a restricted area in Uttarkashi along with a controversial leader of Uttar Pradesh, Amarmani Tripathi. Tripathi is accused of killing a woman and has been in jail for 14 years over murder charges.

7. Pulkit’s father, Vinod Arya, is a well-known name in the Bharatiya Janata Party. At present, he is a member of the national executive of BJP OBC Morcha. Also, he is the co-in-charge of UP and has also been a former minister of state. His other son, Ankit Arya, is a minister of state. He is presently the vice-chairman of the Uttarakhand OBC Welfare Commission.

At present, Pulkit is the main accused in the murder of the 19-year-old hotel receptionist.

8. The resort owner and the other two accused had been absconding since the day the girl went missing, the police said.


9. On Friday, local residents of Rishikesh took out demonstrations and protested against the grave crime. In visuals accessed by India Today, hundreds of civilians were seen surrounding a police vehicle, allegedly carrying the three murder accused.

#WATCH | Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Locals gheraoed Police vehicle that was carrying the accused in #AnkitaBhandari murder case earlier today. They also thrashed the accused.

Police tweeted that the three confessed to having pushed her into a canal after a dispute and she drowned.

— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) September 23, 2022

10. Visuals showed women in great numbers, some even leaning into the police vehicle, in an attempt to confront the perpetrators.

#WATCH | Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Women gherao the Police vehicle that was carrying the accused in Ankita Bhandari murder case

The 19-yr-old receptionist went missing a few days ago & her body was found today. 3 accused, incl Pulkit -owner of the resort where she worked- arrested

— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) September 23, 2022

11. Locals even vandalised the resort owned by the main accused, Pulkit.

#WATCH | Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Locals vandalise the resort of main accused Pulkit, where Ankita Bhandari worked. 3 accused, including Pulkit, arrested.

Police say that accused confessed to having pushed her into a canal after a dispute & she drowned. Search for the body is on

— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) September 23, 2022

12. Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Dhami has given instructions to district magistrates to investigate every resort in the state. He further directed authorities to ensure that stringent and necessary action is implemented against resorts that are operating illegally or without legitimate compliance.

13. Soon after the arrest of the three accused surfaced, following their confession to throwing the girl into a canal, Swati Maliwal, who heads the Delhi Commission for Women, said, “Another daughter became a victim of cruelty. The murder of Uttarakhand’s daughter is extremely sad. May God place the daughter at your feet. It is our responsibility to provide justice to the daughter. Give severe punishment to the criminals, no matter how powerful they are!”

14. Congress’s general secretary Priyanka Gandhi expressed her concern and shared, “It is the responsibility of the government to provide security to the job/working girls and to make the job sites safe. Governments have to give priority to the safety of women. Prompt action and strict punishment and proper provisions of women’s safety will solve this problem only.”

She also wrote, “I can only imagine what this girl’s parents must be going through.”

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