The BJP Saturday expelled Vinod Arya and his son from the party, a day after the leader's another son was arrested in the murder case of a woman receptionist at a resort in Uttarakhand's Pauri.
The brother of the accused was also removed as vice president of the state OBC commission by the government.
Vinod Arya's son Pulkit -- who owns the resort in Pauri's Yamkeshwar block -- was arrested Friday along with two employees of the facility for allegedly killing the receptionist, who had been missing for the past few days.
Police early Saturday recovered the body of the receptionist from Cheela canal where the accused had dumped her.
The three accused, Pulkit Arya, who owns the resort in Yamkeshwar block here, resort manager Saurabh Bhaskar and assistant manager Ankit Gupta. were sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court, police said.
The resort, built illegally in the Yamkeshwar block of Pauri district by the BJP leader's son, was demolished late Friday night, Dhami said.
The development in the case was shared by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami in a tweet, who said he was pained by the incident.
आरोपियों के गैर कानूनी रूप से बने रिजॉर्ट पर बुल्डोजर द्वारा कार्रवाई भी कल देर रात की गई है।— Pushkar Singh Dhami (@pushkardhami) September 24, 2022
हमारा संकल्प है कि इस जघन्य अपराध के दोषियों को बख्शा नहीं जाएगा।
A revenue police sub-inspector was suspended for allegedly misbehaving with the victim's parents at the time of filing a complaint in the matter, officials said.
Who is Pulkit Arya?
Pulkit Arya is the son of Vinod Arya, a BJP leader from Haridwar. Vinod Arya was formerly the chairman of the Uttarakhand Mati Kala Board with a state minister's rank.
Vinod Arya does not hold any post in the Uttarakhand BJP at present, state party unit media incharge Manveer Chauhan said.
How the investigation is going on?
An SIT led by DIG police P Renuka Devi has been set up to conduct a speedy probe into the killing of the 19-year-old woman.
The woman's parents lodged a missing complaint at a revenue police outpost after they did not find her in her room on Monday morning, police said.
Pulkit Arya, Bhaskar and Gupta were arrested after they confessed to have killed the woman. They threw her body into the Cheela canal, Pauri Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Shekhar Chandra Suyal told PTI.
Initially, they tried to mislead police but they confessed to the crime when they were interrogated sternly, he said.
A team has been sent to fish out the woman's body from the canal, the ASP said, adding that the case was cracked within 24 hours of being transferred from the revenue police.
A Kotdwar court sent the three accused to 14-day judicial custody, police said.
Revenue police Sub-Inspector Vivek Kumar at Ganga Bhogpur Talla was suspended for not registering a report immediately in the matter, making the victim's parents wait for two hours and misbehaving with them, the officials said.
(With PTI Inputs)