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Sonali Phogat case: Goa police detain suspected drug peddler and restaurant owner

Sonali Phogat case: Goa police detain suspected drug peddler and restaurant owner

Sonali Phogat case: Goa police detain suspected drug peddler and restaurant owner
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By CNBCTV18.com Aug 27, 2022 3:05:50 PM IST (Published)

The Goa Police on Saturday detained a North Goa restaurant owner and a suspected peddler, who had allegedly supplied drugs to the two accused arrested in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sonali Phogat murder case.

The Goa Police on Saturday detained a North Goa restaurant owner and a suspected peddler, who had allegedly supplied drugs to the two accused arrested in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sonali Phogat murder case, a senior officer told PTI. The suspected drug peddler, Dattaprasad Gaonkar, was detained from Anjuna after the accused duo "confessed" in their statement that they had procured drugs from him, the officer said.

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Another man who has been detained is identified as Edwin Nunes, the owner of Curlies restaurant, where Phogat was partying late at night on August 22 before her death under mysterious circumstances.
A court in Goa on Saturday remanded the accused duo — Sudhir Sagwan and Sukhwinder Singh —  in police custody for 10 days. They were produced before the court in Mapusa town by Anjuna police on Saturday. Goa Police had arrested them accompanying Phogat, a popular TikTok star who hailed from Haryana to Goa. Phogat, 42, was brought dead to St Anthony Hospital at Anjuna in North Goa district on August 23 morning from her hotel.
The police on Friday said Sagwan and Singh allegedly mixed some "obnoxious substance" in water and forced Phogat to drink it while partying at Curlies restaurant on the intervening night of August 22 and 23, adding they have been charged with murder. The motive behind the alleged murder of Phogat could be "economic interest", a senior police officer had said.
Congress has also demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged murder claiming the police were trying to hush up the matter.
“There is more to this murder than meets the eye and every angle needs to be investigated. These kinds of cases need to be investigated by the CBI to unravel the truth," said Goa Leader of Opposition, Michael Lobo.
 
(With PTI inputs)
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