Importantly for the Ankita Bhandari murder investigation, the victim’s family has refused to conduct funeral rites unless they are given access to the post-mortem report. On the other hand, the government made an effort to persuade Ankita’s loved ones.
“Until we have the results of the autopsy, we cannot offer her the proper burial rites. Her interim assessment revealed that she had been battered and dunked in a river. However, we are still waiting for the official report, “The brother of Ankita Bhandari, Ajay Singh Bhandari, made the remark.
The SIT confirmed to ANI on Sunday that they were also looking at her Whatsapp messages. According to sources, a WhatsApp conversation has become a key piece of evidence. The resort owner is putting pressure on Ankita to give ‘additional service’ to the visitors, she tells her friend, according to police sources. Following the receptionist’s death, there is a great deal of resentment on the part of the community.
DIG PR Devi, head of the SIT investigating the murder of Ankita Bhandari, informed ANI that the agency is also looking into the woman’s WhatsApp messages.
Guests would supposedly be offered “additional service” in exchange for Rs 10,000, according to a viral chat that purports to have recorded the conversation. There is a discussion about offering “additional service” in the form of spa treatments at the Vanatara Resort in a WhatsApp conversation.
On September 17, Ankita Bhandari, according to a resort worker, called him sobbing and asked him to pack up her belongings and help her leave the resort. He also vouched for the fact that he saw Ankita out and about with three other persons at around 3 p.m., but that only Ankita herself never came back.
He also stated that Ankit Arya, the owner’s brother, came by at 8 a.m. on September 18 to talk about making dinner for four people and arranging to eat in Ankita’s room. In response, the worker stated that the service kid is capable of preparing the meal, but the resort’s assistant claimed that Ankit intended to deceive them because Ankita had still not returned.
On Saturday morning, irate residents in Rishikesh torched the Vanatara resort owned by Pulkit Arya, a suspected accomplice in the murder of Ankita Bhandari. Arya is the son of expelled BJP leader Vinod Arya.
People from all over Uttarakhand, including those who didn’t live near the crime scene, flooded the Pauri bus station to express their outrage. The Pauri district magistrate’s office was also gheraoed by protesters.
A body believed to be that of Ankita Bhandari, 19, who went missing a few days ago, was pulled from the Chilla canal in Rishikesh on Saturday. The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami, has commissioned a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the matter.
“Today we learned that our daughter Ankita had tragically passed away. This tragic event hurts me very much “Tweeted Dhami.
On Friday, three people, including Pulkit Arya, were detained after admitting that they had shoved Ankita into the canal during an argument.