Uttarakhand Teen Murder: Probe Team Seeks Narco Test Of 3 Accused
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) looking into the Ankita Bhandari murder case will ask the court in a request for permission to test the three suspects for narcotics use.
“SIT nearly finished its probe. This week, we’ll submit the chargesheet. We’ve asked the court to allow us to administer the NARCO test to the three accused, “Deputy Inspector General (DIG) P Renuka, in charge of the SIT, stated.
Notably, Ankita’s family had also asked that the murderers submit to a narco test. On September 24, the death of 19-year-old Ankita, a receptionist at a resort managed by Pulkit Arya, the expelled BJP leader’s son, was found in Rishikesh’s Chilla canal.
Before the authorities discovered her lifeless body, she had been reported missing for at least six days. Pulkit Arya, the son of the expelled BJP leader, was detained for his alleged participation in the crime. Following criticism from the opposition parties over the incident, Vinod Arya was swiftly dismissed from the BJP government under Pushkar Singh Dhami, the chief minister.
After a fight, Pulkit Arya was detained on charges of pushing the woman into a canal. Ankit Gupta and Saurabh Bhaskar, two additional suspects, were also taken into custody. According to a statement made by the Uttarakhand Police on December 4, only the accused’s drug tests remain in the inquiry into the death of Ankita Bhandari.
“An application will be filed in the court for the narco test of Ankita’s killers, including the main accused Pulkit Arya. Things will be clearer after the narco test is done. Our investigation is almost complete,” Chief Spokesperson of the Uttarakhand Police headquarters Additional Director General (ADG) V Murgeshan said addressing a press conference on December 4.
On November 29, the Uttarakhand Police announced that its Special Investigation Team (SIT) was looking into the murder of Ankita Bhandari and had thought about subjecting all three suspects to a narco-analysis test.
Sona Devi and Virender Singh Bhandari, Ankita’s mother and father, had petitioned the Nainital High Court in November to have the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) look into the case.
The Gangster Act was utilised against the three defendants in the case, including the primary defendant Pulkit Arya, amid requests from the victim’s family that the investigation be turned over to the CBI.
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