Missing for 5 days, Uttarakhand woman found dead in resort, Congress alleges accused linked to BJP

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A 19-year-old girl, working as a receptionist at a private resort in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal, was found dead after being reported missing since September 18. Three people, including the resort owner and the manager, have been arrested. But the events took a political turn after the Congress alleged that one of the accused has links to the BJP.

The girl identified as Ankita Bhandari, a resident of Pauri Garhwal, was working as a receptionist at the private resort in Laxman Jhula area. Her family 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. The resort owner and the other two accused had been absconding since the day the girl went missing, the police said.

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Earlier in the day, the police arrested three people, including the resort owner Pulkit Arya, assistant manager Ankit Gupta and manager Saurabh Bhaskar.

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Garima Dhasoni, spokesperson of the Uttarakhand Congress, told India Today that the girl’s body was found on Thursday, September 22, and Vinod Arya, one of the accused in the case, is linked to the BJP.

“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.

Uttarakhand is a state where nearly 60 % of the area is still under revenue police, a unit introduced by the British. Under the system, the revenue officials act as cops with the right to arrest an accused and investigate cases.

An investigation is underway.

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