5 December 2022

Dehradun : In its ongoing probe of the murder of the 19 – year – old receptionist at the resort in Pauri Garhwal she worked, the special investigation team ( SIT ) on Saturday added charges of sexual harassment under section 354 ( a ) of IPC and inducing a person for prostitution under section 5 of the Immoral Traffic ( Prevention ) Act against the three accused in the case, including Pulkit Arya, owner of the resort who is the son of senior BJP leader Vinod Arya.

The charges were added based on the evidence collected by the SIT from statements of other staffers at the resort and screenshots of the victim’s chat with a friend, in which she confided about being pressured to provide ” special service to VIP guests of the resort “.

SIT adds charges against accused
SIT adds charges against accused

P Renuka Devi, deputy inspector general ( DIG ), law & order, who is heading the SIT, said, ” The sections were added in the case based on the probe so far, including electronic evidence. We have also requested the forensic laboratory investigating the electronic evidence to provide the results as soon as possible. ” Earlier on Friday evening, one of the former staffers of the resort, Priyanka, had lodged a complaint against a local news portal for spreading ” fake news about her ” at Dehra dun’s Prem Nagar police station. Inspector Deepak Rawat, SHO, Prem Nagar, said, ” The news portal had reported that like the receptionist who was murdered, Priyan ka had also gone missing in a mysterious manner . She rubbished the claims and said she is very much alive and had left the resort over payment issues. We are probing her complaint. “

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