Chandigarh stalking case: Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar sent to two-day police custody

Chandigarh stalking case: Both were arrested on the charges of stalking and attempting to kidnap Varnika Kundu, the daughter of asenior-cadre Haryana IAS officer. They were produced in the court on Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2017 4:14 pm
Chandigarh stalking case, vikas barala, subhash barala, barala medical test, varnika kundu, what is chandigarh stalking case, what happened in chandigarh, who is varnika, indian express news, india news Chandigarh stalking case: Co-accused Ashish (centre) being taken for a medical examination at GMSH-16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday (left) (Expres photo by Jaipal Singh). Vikas Barala (blue shirt) being taken for a medical examination in Chandigarh Wednesday. (Express photo by Jasbir Malhi)

Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, and his law graduate friend Ashish Kumar were remanded to two-day police custody in the Chandigarh stalking case. They are accused of stalking and attempting to kidnap Varnika Kundu, the daughter of an IAS officer on the night of August 4 in an inebriated condition. The duo were produced at the Sector 43 district court in the afternoon.

The duo were interrogated for close to three hours at the police station after which non-bailable charges under Section 365 and 511 of the IPC were added to the FIR. Both the accused are already booked for stalking, wrongful restraint, and driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the Chandigarh administration’s report to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Vikas also refused to undergo a medical test and give his blood and urine samples.

Vikas and Ashish were initially arrested on Saturday but got bail as they were booked under Motor Vehicle Act and bailable sections of the IPC. Varnika Kundu, 29, had alleged that she was chased for approximately 30 minutes by the accused on Friday night when she was returning home.

Chandigarh stalking case, vikas barala, subhash barala, vikas barala arrested The duo were interrogated for close to three hours at the police station after which non-bailable charges under Section 365 and 511 of the IPC were added to the FIR. (Source: Express Photo)

Earlier this week, Subhash Barala said Varnika is like a daughter to him and said police must take appropriate action against his son. “The moment I learnt that Chandigarh Police wanted Vikas to appear before them as part of the investigation, I asked him to abide by it. Vikas was out of Chandigarh. Therefore, I asked him to come back and go to the police. Earlier also, when Vikas was called by the police for questioning, he went and answered all the queries,” he said.

If found guilty, Vikas and Ashish are liable for punishment extending up to seven years along with a fine.

(With inputs from Jagpreet Singh and Saurabh Prashar)

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  1. C
    Aug 11, 2017 at 12:02 am
    Laws should be brought to stop young men from drinking. Already Punjab youth is suffering from drugs imported from across the border and China.
    1. D
      Aug 10, 2017 at 5:39 pm
      The arrest is only due to media pressure. If the Haryana Police was honest they would have booked the culprits under proper section of IPC. The father and BJP leader gave statement only after he saw that party is exposed. There will be VIP treatment and loopholes shall be drilled in the case and as usual, he will be free to rape other women. All concerns with BJP have been Scott free or given clean chit be it Modi, Amit Shah, Vanjara, Major Kulkarni ..... When the President, VP, PM, CM are all Sanghi what is the fear, unleash the saffron terror and blame the opposition.
        Aug 10, 2017 at 5:26 pm
        all types of harassments from staring to rapes of girls ladies is sign of sick society.we must do heal minds of all otherwise it may go bad to worse.One thing is sure the bad effects of tv mobile internet ads movies have already set in.
        1. J
          Aug 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm
          NAND KUMAR AWASTHI> As if these things were not happening before TV, Mobile phones and internet. DOn't blame external superficial things for it.
        2. Abhijit Bhattacharya
          Aug 10, 2017 at 5:14 pm
          BJP mukt Bharat is an urgent necessity to save India from these power-drunk goons who are also looting the country in the most shameless fashion. From President to CBI every ins ution is helping the corrupt clique at the top to maximize their loot. No amount of pseudohindu and fake deshprem can fool the people anymore.
          1. G
            Gopal Verma
            Aug 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm
            I am quite sure of VIP treatment of these spoilt brats in the jail too. This whole exercise of arrest is a drama, a sheer eyewash to fool the public. Like all cases of woman harassment, this too would meet the dead end. What did BJP say? Bahut hua Naari par waar, ab ki baar Modi Sarkar?
            1. A
              Aug 10, 2017 at 9:29 pm
              bring italian lady and everything will be ok.
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