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Sonali Phogat's drink was spiked by accused before death, says Goa Police

Sonali Phogat death: Both the accused were seen mixing “some obnoxious chemical substance” in the liquid which was fed to her at the party at a restaurant in Anjuna, said Inspector General of Police Omvir Singh Bishnoi.

Edited By: Abhro Banerjee @AbhroBanerjee1 New Delhi Updated on: August 26, 2022 18:04 IST
BJP leader Sonali Phogat was brought dead to a hospital in
Image Source : PTI BJP leader Sonali Phogat was brought dead to a hospital in Goa.

Sonali Phogat death: Goa Police suspects that two of BJP leader Sonali Phogat's associates, who have been named as accused in "murder" case, had spiked her drink. Both the accused were seen mixing “some obnoxious chemical substance” in the liquid which was fed to her at the party at a restaurant in Anjuna, said Inspector General of Police Omvir Singh Bishnoi. 

The accused have been arrested and taken for medical tests. Once the medical is done, the duo will be interrogated again and produced at court either on Friday evening or Saturday. 

Goa IGP said: "Both the associates of the BJP's leader have been established as accused in preliminary investigation and have been arrested. Further investigation is underway. An expert in FSL has been called. For further interrogation, the accused will be sent with a team to various locations to get further evidence: Goa IGP

He added: "...Video establishes that one of the accused forcefully made her consume a substance. When confronted, accused Sukhwinder Singh and Sudhir Sangwan confessed they intentionally mixed obnoxious chemical into a liquid and made her drink it..."

The motive behind her murder could be "economic interest", said a senior police official. Sudhir Sagwan and Sukhwinder Singh, named as accused in the case related to Phogat's `murder', were her associates and had arrived in Goa with her on August 22.

The incident took place at Curlies Restaurant at Anjuna in North Goa district on the intervening night of August 22 and 23, Bishnoi said. Sagwan and Singh confessed during questioning that they had intentionally mixed the substance in her drinks, he said.

The motive behind killing her could be some “economic interest,” the IGP said. The two men were seen taking Phogat to the washroom of the restaurant around 4.30 am on August 23 and the three of them were inside the washroom for two hours, he said.

Custodial interrogation will throw light on what happened during those two hours, Bishnoi added. Two other women were also with the accused at the party and were seen cutting a cake, he said, adding that both were being questioned.

Asked about the "multiple blunt force injuries" on her body mentioned in the post-mortem report, Bishnoi said as per the accused these could have been caused by abrasion while she was being taken to the hospital. When she was taken to the hospital, there were no visible injuries, hence the doctors suspected that she died due to a heart attack, the IGP said. 

But Phogat seemed to have actually died due to the substance she was fed at the restaurant, he said. Police will also record the statement of taxi drivers who ferried her from Curlies restaurant to the hotel where she was staying and later to the hospital, Bishnoi said.

More people were supposed to join Phogat and others from Mumbai, the police official said. 

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