Meerut : A 27 – year – old woman and her 29 – year – old husband made a ” daring escape ” two months ago after witnessing ” sinister activities ” at the infamous Uttarakhand resort where receptionist Ankita Bhandari , 19 , was being allegedly pressured into prostitution and later killed .
The duo , Rishita and her husband Vivek Bhardwaj , snuck out , walked 10 km until they caught a bus , and escap ed to home .
The couple had found the job at the resort six months ago through a post on social media .
While Rishita worked at the front office of the re sort , Vivek was with the housekeeping department . However , within a month of joining , the duo decter witnessing the alleged wrongdoings .
M ain – accused Pulkit Arya was abusive . He would guests with girls and drugs . We decided to leave within a month of joining . However , when we went back home to Meerut , we started receiving – calls from the two other accused , Ankit Gupta and Sau abh Bhaskar . They kept calling us for over a week , urging us to come back . They promised everything would be al right and also assured us of better emoluments , Vivek , now in Rishikesh with his wife to depose before police in Uttarakhand probing the case , said .
Rishita added : ” We went back but they continued with their illicit activities . They even refused to give us our salaries and thrashed me once . I approached the local police , who were of no help . We tried to con tact the Haridwar police but no help came from them either . Cops kept telling us that the area didn’t fall under their juris diction and that we must approach the local patwari How ever , the patwari was hand in glove with Pulkit and others and joined in on our harassment .
She further alleged that she was held ” hostage along with her husband after the two were forced to sign an apology letter for a fake theft case . ” They said that the letter would be used against us if we even thought of leaving , ” she added .
” We decided to make a daring escape two months ago . It was around 3 am when we scaled the wall along with a Ghaziabad – based employee and freed ourselves by walking for almost 10 km to find a bus back home . We were overwhelmed with rehef , Vivek revealed.
” A four – member SIT in its ongoing probe of the case will record the statement of the couple in the case , ” the Uttarakhand police said in an official release on Tuesday evening .