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BJP leader Sonali Phogat’s post-mortem report says “Multiple blunt force injuries on body”

BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat's post-mortem report mentioned that there were “multiple blunt force injuries” on her body, hours after two of her associates were charged with her murder.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The BJP leader Sonali Fogat’s postmortem report has been greatly revealed. BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat’s post-mortem report mentioned that there were “multiple blunt force injuries” on her body, hours after two of her associates were charged with her murder.

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The postmortem report said, “There are multiple blunt force injuries over the body. In view of the above, the manner of death is for the investigating officer to ascertain.” Earlier today, The Goa Police registered a charge of murder against two associates after the post-mortem report. Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code was added to the case related to the death of the 42-year-old leader.

Sudhir Sagwan and Sukhwinder Singh, who had accompanied Phogat when she arrived in Goa on August 22, were named as accused in the case, a senior police official told news agency. Sonali Phogat, 42, died on Tuesday morning in Goa, where she had gone with a group. Her family questioned initial reports that she had died of a cardiac arrest.

Her brother Rinku Dhaka had filed a complaint against the two men at Anjuna Police Station on Wednesday. On Thursday, an autopsy was conducted on Phogat’s body at the Goa Medical College and Hospital. Rinku said in his complaint that Sonali Phogat, a BJP leader from Haryana’s Hisar, had spoken to her mother, sister and brother-in-law a few hours before her death. Meanwhile, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the viscera of Phogat will be examined at Chandigarh and Goa.

Two days after Phogat died, a police officer said, “We have registered a case based on the complaint filed by her brother. The investigation is underway.” Dhaka alleged his sister’s death was a pre-planned murder. “I have done some inquiries on my own after arriving in [Goa] on Tuesday evening. It is not a normal death.”

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He blamed Sudhir Sangwan, Phogat’s manager, and one Sukhwinder Singh. “They have been planning this for many days. On the day the murder took place, she had spoken to her mother, her sister, me, and others and from those conversations, we are very sure that she was in trouble and that anything could happen to her at any time. We had asked her to stay away from them and we would have filed a police complaint but she passed away at night.”

The police initially registered a case of unnatural death and sent the body for post-mortem, which was to take place on Wednesday. Her family refused to grant consent for the post-mortem as they were upset over the delay in registering the murder case.

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