Sonali Phogat murder case: Drug peddler, club owner held; 2 main accused sent to 10-day custody


Panaji: A drugs case has been registered by the Goa Police and two more people have been arrested following the death of actor and BJP leader Sonali Phogat. This is in addition to the murder case filed earlier by the police and the arrest of two of her associates.

The latest arrests include Edwin Nunes, owner of restaurant Curlie’s where Phogat was seen partying the night before her death, and a drug dealer identified as Dattaprasad Gaonkar. Both have been named as accused in the drugs case.

The Haryana BJP leader’s associates, Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder Singh, arrested on Thursday, were today sent to 10 days in police custody.

Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder Singh had accompanied Sonali Phogat to Goa on August 22. Sonali 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 Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder Singh allegedly mixed some “obnoxious substance” in water and forced Sonali 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.

“Based on the investigation, the police detained the drug peddler who had supplied drugs,” Anjuna Police said.

“Statement of more than 20-25 people have been recorded so far in the case. These include the staff of Curlies Restaurant and others. The owner of the restaurant is being questioned by the police,” police officials said




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