Drug abuse and prostitution are frequent “services” at the Uttarakhand resort owned by Pulkit Arya, the son of the BJP chief who has been deported since the alleged murder of a 19-year-old front desk worker. Ankita Bhandari, former employee.
“Resort management will provide illegal alcohol, ganja (marijuana) and other drugs, and even girls, to guests,” said Rishita, who works at the front desk there, while her husband said. she, Vivek, worked as a housekeeper, until two months ago. . They quit before Ankita Bhandari joined in August.
Just days later, Ankita Bhandari was allegedly murdered by Pulkit Arya and two employees of the resort – Vanantra, near Rishikesh, in Pauri district – after she refused to participate in a prostitution ring, police investigated. check so far.
They were arrested last Friday, nearly a week after Ankit Bhandari went missing, following protests and allegations that police were slow because a ruling party leader was involved in the case.
“I feel like they want me to participate in it too,” Rishita said, “They will abuse me, using the worst slurs.”
Her husband, Vivek, said, “I was beaten and blackmailed for some theft charges after I protested.” He alleges that the local patron – the revenue official who handles law and order in the rural areas – sided with the owner in “not only assaulting me but also torturing me about morale”.
“After working there for about a month, I got sick of my misbehavior and stopped going to work.” He said he was back at work after a week as Pulkit Arya and two managers had assured him “those things won’t happen”.
“But that only lasted for a few days. Immediately after that, Pulkit Arya was operating normally, providing drugs and girls as well as doing other things for guests,” added Vivek.
He said that after completing a month and a half he demanded his salary and said he would quit, then Pulkit Arya accused him of a petty theft and beat him up.
“I called the police, who told me that the area has no regular police but is handled by a sponsor (land revenue official). When the patron went there according to the complaint. me, he asked Pulkit Arya, ‘What do you want me to do? to do with him? .
The charges come two days after Ankita Bhandari was cremated amid massive protests against police for alleged slowness.
Her family and opponents initially refused to have her body cremated, suspecting the demolition of the resort where she worked. They said it was an attempt to destroy evidence. An autopsy revealed that she died from drowning and that her body showed signs of injury caused by blunt force.
The BJP has since expelled Pulkit Arya’s father Vinod Arya, a former minister, and brother Ankit Arya from the party. Minister Pushkar Dhami has assured of “the harshest action”: “This is a very heinous crime. Whoever the perpetrators are, will not be spared.”