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Uttarakhand Resort Murder: Huge Backlash Erupts, BJP Expels Ex Minister

Vinod Arya served as a chairman of the Uttarakhand Mati Kala Board with a state minister's rank, while Ankit Arya was the Vice President of the state OBC Commission.

The resort is about 10 km from the main town, Rishikesh. (Photo Credit: PTI)

New Delhi: The party today expelled the accused’s father and brother in response to widespread outrage over the alleged murder of a young girl by the son of a senior BJP official. Following the arrest of the accused Pulkit Arya, BJP leader Vinod Arya and the accused’s brother Ankit Arya, who was also a party member, was expelled from the organisation.

Vinod Arya served as a chairman of the Uttarakhand Mati Kala Board with a state minister’s rank, while Ankit Arya was the Vice President of the state OBC Commission. Both of them have also been relieved from their posts by the state government.

Meanwhile, a day after the administration bulldozed parts of the Uttarakhand resort where Pulkit Arya allegedly murdered the 19-year-old woman who worked as a receptionist, angry locals set fire to parts of the building. They also vandalised local BJP MLA Renu Bisht’s car. Cops had to reportedly evacuate her to safety.

Pulkit Arya was arrested for the murder of the young receptionist at a resort he owns near Rishikesh, in Pauri district, Uttarakhand. He had reported her missing on Monday, as did her family, but police said it later turned out he, along with two staff members, had killed her. Those two have been arrested too.

The woman’s body was recovered from a canal this morning. Police are probing the motive amid allegations of inaction “because the accused’s father belongs to the state’s ruling party BJP and RSS”.  Besides Pulkit Arya, resort manager Saurabh Bhaskar and assistant manager Ankit Gupta have been arrested. They confessed to the crime when questioned sternly, cops said.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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