Angry over the murder of Ankita in Rishikesh, villagers of Ganga Bhogpur and nearby villages vandalized Vanntra. On information, the SDM and Tehsildar reached the spot and demanded the demolishing of the resort. On the occasion, slogans like bulldozer run at the resort were also raised. Angry people entered the resort.
Ankita Murder Case: Angry mob pelted stones, thrashed the accused, lathi-charged the police, photos
As soon as the news of the arrest and confession of the accused in the Ankita murder case came, a crowd of villagers of Ganga Bhogpur and surrounding villages gathered outside Vanantra Resort. People first raised slogans of the former minister of state and the state government’s death.
After this some youths started pelting stones on the mirrors of the resort. On information, Chilla outpost in-charge Shraddhanand Semwal reached the spot along with the police team and tried to convince the people. People asked why the resort has not been sealed yet. On this, the outpost in-charge said that the investigation of the matter is going on.
The forensing team has taken samples from Ankita’s room in the resort. He said that if the resort is sealed then how will the investigation be done. People got furious on this, some people broke the pots kept outside the resort and also threw stones.
Meanwhile, SDM Pramod Kumar and Tehsildar reached the spot. People surrounded the SDM for not sealing the resort and started raising slogans like bulldozers on the resort, hand over the accused to us etc. Soon the mob started vandalizing the hotel.
The mob broke all the windows of the resort by pelting stones. People said that they feared that Ankita was not pushed into the canal, her body was kept somewhere in the resort itself. The SDM persuaded five people by asking them to inspect the resort. People looked through the rooms of the resort, staff accommodation, factory and office. But nothing was found anywhere.
People also wanted to enter Ankita’s room, but the SDM refused, citing investigation. During this, the SDM also talked to the factory workers behind the resort, but could not get any specific information. After this people left towards the canal track.