The Goa Police on Friday arrested two more people, including a club owner and a drug peddler, in connection with the death of Haryana BJP leader Sonali Phogat. The cops also recovered drugs from the club’s washroom.

“The owner was arrested because drugs have been recovered from the club. He was arrested after questioning. The nature of the drugs seized is yet to be confirmed,” the Goa Police told India Today, adding that a lab report will confirm the nature of the drugs.

Earlier, the Goa Police said that Sonali Phogat was drugged, and CCTV footage showed the BJP leader limping inside the pub.

Sonali Phogat drugged by her associates

The Goa Police on Friday alleged that Sonali Phogat was drugged at a party by the two persons accused in her murder case.

Phogat was brought dead to a hospital in North Goa on Monday. The police had initially said that she appeared to have suffered a heart attack.

However, on Wednesday, Phogat’s brother Rinku Dhaka filed a complaint accusing her personal assistant Sudhir Sangwan and his aide Sukhvinder Singh of killing the BJP leader. On Thursday, the police filed a murder case.

Inspector General of Police Omvir Singh Bishnoi said that Sangwan and Singh confessed to having mixed an “obnoxious chemical” into a liquid and made Phogat drink it.

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

Bishnoi said that the accused persons were arrested and would be produced before a court soon.

Meanwhile, the doctor who conducted the postmortem had reserved his opinion on the cause of her death pending chemical analysis. He had written that “multiple blunt force injuries” were found on Phogat’s body.

On Friday, Bishnoi said that those injuries could be abrasions that Phogat sustained while she was being taken to the hospital, PTI reported.

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