Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Saturday that his government will fully support the state police investigation into the demise of Haryana BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat.
“Full support from day one in the investigation. Those who should be punished are being punished by the Goa police 100 present. They (suspects) are currently in custody and an investigation is underway,” said Prime Minister Sawant during the conversation. for reporters here.
Ms Phogat, 42, was pronounced dead on August 23 at St. Anthony Hospital in Anjuna in North Goa. A post-mortem report revealed blunt force on her body, after which Goa police registered a murder case.
The Goa Forward Party MLA Vijai Sardesai lashed out at the BJP-led state government on Thursday over the investigation into the matter. Sawant had previously said preliminary reports suggested Sonali Phogat died of cardiac arrest.
“Yesterday they said she died of a heart attack. Today an autopsy revealed several fractured bones. It proves that the Prime Minister likes to give clear chit, jump the gun. This gives Goa a bad name. This shows the state of affairs here,” Mr Sardesai had said on Thursday.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Goa police arrested the owner of the Curlies beach cottage in Anjuna and a suspected drug trafficker Dattprashad Gaonkar.
On Friday, Ms Phogat’s PA Sudhir Sangwan and his associate, Sukhwinder Singh, who traveled to Goa with Phogat on Aug. 22, confessed that they had deliberately made her drink an “unpleasant” chemical. Both suspects will be presented in court today.
Mr Gaonkar detained today is said to have supplied drugs to Sukhwinder Singh. “Based on the investigation, the police have arrested the drug trafficker who supplied drugs,” Anjuna police said.
“So far, statements from more than 20-25 people have been included in the case, including Curlies Restaurant staff and others. The owner of the restaurant is being questioned by police,” police officials said.
Ms Phogat’s PA and his associate were arrested after police gained access to CCTV footage showing the trio partying in a club.
“Based on CCTV footage, the accused Sudhir Sangwan and his associate Sukhwinder Singh were seen partying with the victim at a club. A video shows one of them forcibly making the victim consume a substance” said the Inspector General of the police. said Omvir Singh Bishnoi.
Ms Phogat was cremated yesterday at her residence in Hisar.
Her brother Rinky Dhaka said: “We are pleased with the progress of the investigation into my sister’s murder. The CCTV footage has revealed the truth. We cremated my sister today, will investigate the further process to bring her justice now to get.”
Rinku Dhaka had previously filed a complaint alleging that Ms Phogat had been murdered by Sudhir Sangwan, her personal trainer, along with Sukhwinder Singh, who planned to “take over her property and financial assets to end her political career”.
“When confronted, Sukhwinder and Sudhir admitted to deliberately mixing an unpleasant chemical into a liquid and making the victim drink it,” said IGP Omvir Singh Bishnoi.
The two accused confessed to deliberately mixing an unpleasant chemical into a liquid and making the victim drink it, which made her feel uncomfortable, then took her to the hotel and then to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where she died. declared.’, Goa Police said.
The actor, who rose to fame with her TikTok videos, contested the 2019 Haryana elections as a BJP candidate, but lost to then Congress leader Kuldeep Bishnoi (he has since joined the BJP). She also appeared on the reality show Bigg Boss in 2020.
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