Sonali Phogat's post-mortem finds ‘multiple blunt force injuries’ on body

Updated on Aug 25, 2022 07:39 PM IST

The Goa Police on Thursday registered a charge of murder against two associates after the post-mortem report.

BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat(HT file)
BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat(HT file)
By | Written by Aniruddha Dhar, New Delhi

Goa Police DG Jaspal Singh on Thursday said they will interrogate BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat's two associates Sudhir Sagwan and Sukhwinder Wasi after her post-mortem report mentioned that there were “multiple blunt force injuries” on her body. The Goa Police had registered a charge of murder against the two associates after the post-mortem report was issued.

Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code was added to the case related to the death of the 42-year-old leader.

Sagwan and Singh, who had accompanied Phogat when she arrived in Goa on August 22, were named as accused in the case, a senior police official told news agency PTI.

Phogat's brother Rinku Dhaka had filed a complaint against the two men at Anjuna Police Station on Wednesday. On Thursday, an autopsy was conducted on Phogat's body at the Goa Medical College and Hospital.

Meanwhile, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the viscera of Phogat will be examined at Chandigarh and Goa.

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“We have registered a case based on the complaint filed by her brother. The investigation is underway,” a police officer said two days after Phogat died.

Dhaka alleged his sister’s death was a pre-planned murder. “I have done some inquiries on my own after arriving in [Goa] on Tuesday evening. It is not a normal death.”

He blamed Sudhir Sangwan, Phogat’s manager, and one Sukhwinder Singh. “They have been planning this for many days. On the day the murder took place, she had spoken to her mother, her sister, me, and others and from those conversations, we are very sure that she was in trouble and that anything could happen to her at any time. We had asked her to stay away from them and we would have filed a police complaint but she passed away at night.”

The police initially registered a case of unnatural death and sent the body for post-mortem, which was to take place on Wednesday. Her family refused to grant consent for the post-mortem as they were upset over the delay in registering the murder case.

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