Uttarakhand's Pauri Garhwal Police said that the case of the missing girl has been changed into a murder case. The police arrested the main accused, Pulkit Arya, along with Ankit Gupta and Saurabh Bhaskar, following a missing complaint about a 19-year-old girl.
All three accused were presented before a court on Friday and sent to jail for 14 days of judicial custody.
The Uttarakhand Police stated that following a dispute with the girl, the three accused pushed the victim into the canal near Chila Road. Following the incident, the girl drowned in the waterbody and the SDRF (state disaster response force) team was on the lookout for her body.
UTTARAKHAND MURDER CASE
The authorities said that the missing case of the girl has been changed into a murder case. "Sections of murder and concealment of evidence, sections 302 and 201 of the IPC have been charged against the accused," SSP Pauri Garhwal said.
WHO IS PULKIT ARYA?
As per the police, Pulkit Arya, who is the owner of Vanantara Resort, is the son of former minister of state Vinod Arya. A source said that Pulkit got into controversies even during the pandemic lockdown. He reached the restricted area in Uttarkashi along with a controversial leader of Uttar Pradesh, Amarmani Tripathi. Tripathi is accused of killing a woman and has been in jail for 14 years over murder charges.
It may be noted that Pulkit's father, Vinod Arya, is a well-known name in the Bharatiya Janata Party. At present, he is a member of the national executive of BJP OBC Morcha. Also, he is the co-in-charge of UP and has also been a former minister of state. His other son, Ankit Arya, is a minister of state. He is presently the vice-chairman of the Uttarakhand OBC Welfare Commission.
Based on a 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.