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CrimeGoa IGP describes how Sonali Phogat was murdered

Goa IGP describes how Sonali Phogat was murdered

Two of the suspects spiked a drink of Sonali Phogat with some "obnoxious chemical" during a party at a North Goa which apparently caused her death, police said today. Earlier today, taking a U-turn from the department's initial assessment of the death, Police arrested the suspects in connection with the murder of the TikTok star and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. The police identified the suspects as Sukhwinder Singh (aka Wasi) and Sudhir Sangwan, Phogat's assistant. A police team from Anjuna, Goa, arrested them.

Sangwan and Wasi, who had accompanied Phogat when she arrived in on August 22, were earlier named as accused in the murder case based on her brother Rinku Dhaka’s complaint. Dhaka has filed a complaint with the Goa Police alleging that his sister was raped and murdered by her personal assistant and his friend.

Dhaka filed a complaint with Police that his sister was raped and murdered by her personal assistant and his friend. He alleged that Phogat spoke with her mother, sister and brother-in-law hours before her death. “She (Phogat) said (Sudhir) Sanghwan (her PA) had given her -laced food with some intoxicant and raped her, and made a video, and was threatening to make the video viral on social media," Rinku had said in his complaint.

It was not a heart attack, said IGP Omvir Singh. The officer said, addressing a press conference in Panaji, "CCTV video establishes that one of the suspects forcefully made her consume a substance. When confronted, suspects Sukhwinder Singh and Sudhir Sangwan confessed they intentionally mixed obnoxious chemicals into a liquid and made her drink it…"

The IGP said that police could not identify the obnoxious chemical until the result of the chemical examination is out. "We strongly feel that there is an economic motive behind Sonali Phogat's death," the officer said.

Further investigation into the suspected murder is underway. The police have involved an expert of FSL in the probe. For further interrogation, the suspects will be sent with a team to various locations to get further evidence, the IGP told the press.

Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Sonali Phogat were taken to her house in Hisar last night. Rinku said, “We always felt that there was foul play and the same thing came out. So far, we are satisfied with the ongoing investigation…"

Many people joined the last rites of BJP leader and content creator Sonali Phogat in Hisar, Haryana, today.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said he spoke with his counterpart and also police officials investigating the death. Asked about the ’s demand for a CBI probe, Khattar said, “We will do as the family members ask for. If they give us their demands in writing, we will give it for further process."

Former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda is under the scanner as Phogat’s brother Rinku alleged that one of her staffers had links with Kanda, top sources said. Kanda owns one of the biggest offshore casinos in Goa.

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