Wednesday, 25 January 2023 | PNS | DEHRADUN
The team of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) is likely to conduct narco and polygraph tests of Pulkit Arya, the main accused in the Ankita Bhandari murder case, in the first week of February after the recent court order. The additional director general (ADG) of police (Law and Order) V Murugesan said that the authority has presently given dates from February 1 to 3 to conduct narco and polygraph tests as per the court order but changes are possible in this schedule too due to certain factors. However, he added that the tests are most likely to be conducted in the first week of February. The body of 19-year-old receptionist Ankita Bhandari from Pauri Garhwal was recovered from the Chilla canal in Rishikesh on September 24 last year. The police arrested the main accused Pulkit Arya- the owner of Vanantara Resort and his two accomplices Ankit Gupta and Saurabh Bhaskar on September 23. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the case also later added charges of sexual harassment under section 354A of IPC and Section 5 under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act against them along with the charges of murder (IPC 302), criminal conspiracy (IPC 120B) and concealment of evidence (IPC 201) sections on October 9. The police also invoked Gangster Act against the three accused in the case on October 30. The SIT filed a chargesheet of 500 pages against the three accused last month based on about 100 witnesses and 30 pieces of concrete evidence in this case. The officials said that though the police have all the evidence against culprits, the narco and polygraph tests of Pulkit will strengthen their case in court.