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Supreme Court asks SIT to file investigation status report

The Uttarakhand Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the Ankita Bhandari murder case to file a status report in the case.

A single bench of Justice Sanjay Kumar Mishra, while hearing a plea for a CBI investigation into the murder, asked the SIT to submit the investigation’s status report by November 11.

Bhandari (19) was allegedly murdered by the owner of a resort where she worked as a receptionist.

It is alleged that after the murder, key evidence related to the crime was destroyed on behalf of Yamkeshwar MLA Renu Bisht by running a bulldozer at the Vanantra Resort in Yamkeshwar in Pauri district.

The court has asked the SIT to explain in the report the details of the evidence collected on the resort grounds before it was bulldozed.

Bhandari was reportedly killed by resort owner Pulkit Arya along with two of his employees by pushing him into the Chila Canal near Rishikesh in September.

The SIT headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police P. Renuka Devi is investigating the murder.

Ashutosh Negi, a resident of Pauri Garhwal, claimed in his petition that the police and the SIT were hiding important evidence from the case and Ankita’s autopsy report has not yet been made public.

The plea alleged that the autopsy of the body was done without the presence of a female doctor, in clear violation of Supreme Court orders.

The petition also alleges that the victim was also assaulted, but the police are hiding this fact.

Meanwhile, Ankita’s parents, who were present on the Supreme Court premises, when journalists asked them, said they were not satisfied with the SIT’s investigation and were in favor of the CBI investigation.

They also questioned the recent fire that broke out at the accused’s Amla candy factory located on the resort’s grounds and asked how it could have happened despite the presence of police officers and, in addition, the factory’s electricity connection was cut.

Ankita’s father Virendra Singh claimed that all this happened as part of a conspiracy to destroy the evidence.

He said that until his daughter gets justice and the killers are not hanged, he will continue his fight, even if he has to go to the Supreme Court.

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