Uttarakhand leader expelled by BJP after son held in teen's murder case

Published on Sep 24, 2022 01:16 PM IST

The woman worked as a receptionist at a resort owned by BJP leader's son Pulkit Arya.

Vanatara resort in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand set on fire by locals.(ANI)
Vanatara resort in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand set on fire by locals.(ANI)
Reported by Neeraj Santoshi | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Rishikesh

Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday expelled a leader from the party's primary membership after his son was held in a teen's murder case in Uttarakhand. Vinod Arya, the father of the main accused Pulkit Arya, was a former chairman of Uttarakhand Mati Kala Board with the rank of state minister. Ankit Arya, brother of Pulkit Arya, was also relieved by the state government from the post of Deputy Chairman of the Uttarakhand Other Backward Classes Commission.

As anger over the murder of a 19-year-old woman allegedly by Vinod Arya's son, Pulkit Arya, raged on Saturday, locals vandalized the resort owned by the accused and set it on fire. A part of the resort was earlier demolished on the order of Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, who expressed pain over the death of the woman and announced the setting up of an SIT, led by DIG police P Renuka Devi, to conduct a speedy probe into the killing. (Also Read | Midnight demolition at resort of BJP leader's son held for 19-yr-old's murder)

Pulkit Arya and two resort staff, Saurabh Bhaskar (35) and Ankit Gupta (19), were arrested on Friday. Police said that Bhaskar worked as a manager at the resort and Gupta was his assistant. Pauri Garhwal senior superintendent of police (SSP) Yashwant Singh stated that Arya had approached the police with a missing complaint to mislead the investigation.

“During the course of investigation, police learnt the accused and the woman had gone to Rishikesh on Sunday. While on their way back, Pulkit and the woman entered into an argument following which the accused threw her into a canal in Chilla,” the SSP said.

The body of victim was recovered from Chilla canal on Saturday morning.

The locals, agitated over the murder case, protested against BJP MLA Renu Bisht and vandalised her car. The MLA was escorted away by police.

(With ANI inputs)

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