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Ankita Bhandari called Rishikesh resort staffer ‘crying’ before going missing

Ankita Bhandari had called the chef of the resort, crying the night she was killed, resort staffer Manveer Singh Chauhan told India Today TV.

“Ankita called me crying and asked me to bring her bag. She asked me to put her bag on the road. However, when one of the staff went with the bag, he couldn’t find Ankita,” Chauhan said.

She was last seen on September 18 around 3 pm at the resort.

According to Chauhan, four people, including Ankita, left the resort but only three returned at 9 pm.

However, a member of the staff of the resort owner and BJP leader’s son Pulkit Arya, Ankit, had ordered food for four people, including Ankita. Ankit said he would take Ankita’s food to her room in an attempt to mislead the other staff, Chauhan added. Ankita Bhandari was already dead by then.

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ANKITA BHANDARI FOUND DEAD

The body of Ankita Bhandari, who went missing from the premises of a private resort owned by BJP leader Vinod Arya’s son Pulkit, was found by the police near the Chilla powerhouse this morning. Pulkit – who owns the resort in Pauri’s Yamkeshwar block – was arrested on Friday along with two employees of the resort for allegedly killing the receptionist, who was missing for the past few days.

Pulkit has confessed to the police that he, along with others, pushed Ankita into a canal near the resort over a personal dispute, following which she drowned, the police said.

This morning, amid massive outrage, the BJP expelled Vinod Arya and his other son Ankit Arya with immediate effect. Earlier in the day, locals set the resort on fire. Yesterday, they pelted stones at the resort, and attempted to thrash Pulkit and two others who were being taken into police custody.

The resort was demolished following Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami’s ‘bulldozer action’ orders.

The three accused have been sent to 14 days’ judicial custody by a Kotdwar court, the police said.

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