Goa police detains restaurant owner & a drug peddler in connection with Sonali Phogat death case


A drug 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 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 Sonali's murder case, a senior officer said. 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. 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.

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

Sonali, 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.