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Ankita Bhandari died due to drowning, had blunt force trauma, reveals autopsy

India Today logo India Today 24-09-2022 Arvind Ojha
Ankita Bhandari died of asphyxia due to drowning, reveals autopsy report Ankita Bhandari died of asphyxia due to drowning, reveals autopsy report

Ankita Bhandari's cause of death was asphyxia due to drowning, the post-mortem report revealed on Saturday. Furthermore, the report added that there were findings of injuries on the body before death, suggestive of blunt force trauma.

The post-mortem of her body was done at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh on Saturday. Her body was handed over to her family for cremation.

The death of 19-year-old Ankita Bhandari, who worked as a receptionist in Uttarakhand, has sparked outrage across the country. The BJP also took action against party leader Vinod Arya after his son was arrested in connection with the case. The missing person case, which turned into a murder case on Friday, has now led to protests across the state.

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Her body was recovered on Saturday from Chilla canal where the accused had allegedly dumped her.

The accused arrested in the case-Pulkit Arya, resort manager Saurabh Bhaskar, and assistant manager Ankit Gupta- had confessed to killing the girl and throwing her body into the canal. They were sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court on Friday.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has ordered the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the murder case.


DGP Ashok Kumar said that Ankita Bhandari was being pressured by the resort owner to provide "special services" to guests. The Uttarakhand top cop said that this much has been known from the girl's chat with a friend of hers.

Earlier, a Facebook friend of Ankita Bhandari had reportedly said that his friend was killed because she refused to have sex with guests as demanded by the owner of the resort where she worked.


The authorities on Friday started demolishing the resort where the girl worked as a receptionist, saying it was built "illegally." The Vanatara resort in Uttarakhand's Rishikesh was owned by Pulkit Arya.

Following Arya's arrest, Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Dhami gave the orders for the demolition of the resort.

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