Haryana BJP chief’s son held for ‘stalking’ daughter of IAS officer

Talking to The Sunday Express, the woman said, “I am thankful to the Chandigarh police for promptly responding to my call. This could have gone worse.”

Written by Saurabh Prashar | Chandigarh | Updated: August 6, 2017 8:56 am
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Haryana state BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar were arrested on Saturday after the daughter of a senior IAS officer accused the two of stalking, wrongful restraint and driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

After a day-long flip-flop on the charges to include in the FIR, the Chandigarh police eventually charged Vikas and Ashish with bailable offences, under the IPC and Motor Vehicles Act, and they were released in the evening. Both the Haryana-cadre IAS officer, and his daughter, 29, a disc jockey, uploaded an account of her “horrific” experience on their Facebook accounts. In his Facebook post, the officer expressed the apprehension that the accused may go unpunished as they were from influential families, and hoped this would not happen.

The woman said that Vikas and Ashish followed her around for nearly 30 minutes as she drove home around midnight Friday, blocked her car repeatedly and tried to open her door. The victim was alone, driving from Sector 8 in Chandigarh to her home in Sector 6 Panchkula. According to the FIR, Vikas and Ashish spotted the woman near a fuel station and started following her. She was allegedly chased for nearly 7 km before police, reacting to a call made by her, caught the two. On medical examination, both were reportedly found to be drunk.

DSP Satish Kumar said, “The accused had purchased two cans of beer and consumed it while driving the Safari that belongs to Vikas’s relative. They kept following the woman and blocked her way several times. The woman called the Police Control Room at about 12.35 am and within 10 minutes, the accused were caught. Later, after receiving a formal complaint, we registered a criminal case against both of them and arrested them. Since the charges against them were bailable, both were released on bail.”

Preliminary investigations revealed that Vikas, who is a student of LLB in Kurukshetra University, was driving the vehicle. Ashish, a law graduate, was sitting beside him in the front. A resident of Fatehabad, Ashish had come to Chandigarh about a week ago. As news came of Vikas’s arrest, the Opposition demanded his father’s resignation. However, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, answering media’s queries at a public event, said, “This is not an issue of Subhash Barala but of a specific individual. Whatever action would be required against him, law would take its course.”

Talking to The Sunday Express, the woman said, “I am thankful to the Chandigarh police for promptly responding to my call. This could have gone worse.” Describing Friday night’s incident, she wrote on Facebook, “Was almost kidnapped on a Chandigarh road last night”. “There were 2 guys inside the SUV, and they seemed to really be enjoying harassing a lone girl in the middle of the night.”

Describing her condition, she wrote, “My hands shaking, my back spasming (sic) from fear, half in tears, half bewildered, because I didn’t know if I’d make it home tonight.” She added, “If this is what women deal with in one of the safer cities in the country, where are we going? I find it shocking, that in a place with cameras at every light and cops every 200 metres, these boys thought they could either get into my car, or take me into theirs, just because they’re from an influential background. I’m lucky, it seems, to not be the daughter of a common man, because what chance would they have against such VIPs? I’m also lucky, because I’m not lying raped and murdered in a ditch somewhere.”

Her father wrote, “As a father of two daughters, I feel compelled to take this matter to its logical conclusion. The goons must be punished, and the law must take its course. As would be expected, the goons are from influential families. We all know most such cases of harassment go unpunished and even unreported. Most people would not want or dare to take on goons from influential families. I feel if people with some privileges like us cannot stand up to such criminals, nobody in India can. More importantly, I will be failing in my duty as a father to my daughter if I did not stand with her completely in this matter.”

He added, “I am sharing this with you all for two reasons. One, to give a true and clear picture of what happened. Two, to get some assurance of support in case it’s needed. Our clear intention is to bring the culprits to book. We do not intend to harm the families or relatives. However, we know it’s not going to be an easy struggle. The possibility of harassment and witch-hunting, threats and even physical harm is undeniable, even though unlikely. Influential families can sometimes take desperate measures to discredit or disable the complainants. Sane friends may advise us against… action. We may be foolhardy. However, I know that the trauma and hurt my daughter has undergone cannot be undone. If we do not persist in trying to bring the guilty to justice, more and more daughters will suffer this hurt. Maybe some may not be as lucky as (my daughter). Someone has to stand up. We are standing. So long as we can.”

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    sk
    Aug 8, 2017 at 9:39 am
    Whether he is BJP chief's son or Congress chief's son, crime should be investigated, and guilty should be punished. Modi, if you are reading this, it is your duty to make sure the guilty is punished, and his father loses the chief's position.
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      Kumar
      Aug 8, 2017 at 6:41 am
      No one would have cared if she wasn't an IAS's daughter.
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        Saratoga Singh
        Aug 8, 2017 at 4:46 am
        If a senior IAS officer's daughter cannot get justice what about a common man Just proves IAS are nothing but Babus and IPS are Indian Pros ute Service both govt paid organized goondas at the mercy of those elected BJP has made cows safe but women are still considered a piece of flesh to be used and thrown
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          Shefeek
          Aug 7, 2017 at 12:45 pm
          Why it is a bailable case since the accused is from an influential family and it is a case of rape attempt? He should have been in the custody for investigation as he may use his influence on the police to wipe out this case.
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            R K
            Aug 7, 2017 at 10:46 am
            BJP is behaving in the same fashion as Congress has done in the past. They think that nothing will happen to them as they are in Power.
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              Anuj
              Aug 7, 2017 at 8:31 am
              There have been enough incidents like this to give me pause for thought. Daughters of IAS officer! Its quite likely that she was driving around in a high handed manner and had an alteration with the chaps in another car. Following this she called the cops. This might actually be a situation in which the boys also were from an influential family so stood up to the girl. Always two sides to a story.
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                Jaja
                Aug 7, 2017 at 8:43 am
                Sharaabi Bhakt troll becoming story writer like Feku Dadyal.
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                  Neeraj
                  Aug 7, 2017 at 11:45 am
                  Firstly dear friend..... You are Assuming ! And that too hypothetically........ If what you are saying was true then why didn't those boys took to social media and replied to the allegations...... Why would this girl and her father create such a hullabaloo .....just to get an ego kick !! I don't think so ....by the way u seem to be disgruntled by some IAS officer and probably that feeling is influencing your thoughts in this case too.......
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                  Sahana Deshbhakta
                  Aug 7, 2017 at 12:41 am
                  Police will lose steam, commitment, forget their responsibility and may submit a final report indicating fact true no clue. The matter will end there. The father will, in that case, be silenced by awarding a good posting, sent to central de tion in Goa, Manipur, etc. These could be some of the possibilities. Political animals are blessed. In Bengal Mamata BAnerjee's bhatija Abhisek Banerjee is one against whom nothing can be proved.
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                    Shridhar
                    Aug 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm
                    Hi Recently i started liking BJP for Modi andhis good decisions. But When i heard such incident i feel Modi must throw such people out of the party. Dear IAS officer we Indians stand with you at such moment. We want maximum possible punishment to this guy. If he escapes unpunished then I will loose my faith in Indian Law and system.
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