According to her post-mortem report, 19-year-old receptionist Ankit Bhandari, whose passing in Uttarakhand provoked widespread protests, drowned.
The report states that the corpse had four or five damaged scars. The family has been informed of the results.
The adolescent was employed by the now-expelled BJP politician who owned the Vanantara resort in the Pauri district. Three people have been taken into custody: resort manager Saurabh Bhaskar, assistant manager Ankit Gupta, and Pulkit Arya, son of expelled BJP politician Vinod Arya. On September 24, the woman’s corpse was found in a canal near Rishikesh.
The resort had been set on fire by angry locals. Before it, the local authorities destroyed parts of the resort because they believed they were built in violation of the law.
The adolescent receptionist was incinerated during yesterday night’s violent demonstrations against the police for allegedly taking too long to intervene. The family has expressed concerns about the government’s handling of the issue.
The corpse was originally not cremated because the family and protestors objected to demolishing the resort where she worked. They said it was an effort to obliterate evidence in the case, in which the principal accused is the son of a top BJP politician who has since been expelled.