Chandigarh ‘stalking’ case: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh alleges cover-up

A day after saying charges shouldn't be diluted against Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala and his friend for allegedly stalking an IAS officer's daughter, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday alleged a cover-up in the case.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 8, 2017 12:22 pm
Chandigarh stalking case, Amarinder Singh, Varnika Kundu, Stalking case, BJP, India news, Indian Express Condemning the stalking incident, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said no one should be protected. (Express Photo/Kamleshwar Singh/File)

A day after stating that charges should not be diluted against Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala and his friend for allegedly stalking a senior IAS officer’s daughter, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday alleged a cover-up in the case. On Saturday, 29-year-old Varnika Kundu, the daughter of V S Kundu, had alleged that the two accused stalked and chased her in an abduction bid.

“This was wrong. No one should be protected. There’s certainly covering up,” Amarinder was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Vikas (23) and his friend Ashish Kumar (27) were arrested and booked under bailable sections of the IPC and Motor Vehicles Act last week and released on bail within hours. The Chandigarh police has refused to charge the duo for attempting to kidnap the victim. Speaking to reporters on Monday, UT Senior Superintendent of Police Eish Singhal made it clear that the police was not in any hurry to include the charge in the FIR. Read more here.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the police confirmed to The Indian Express that they had obtained CCTV footage of the “victim being chased by the accused.” DGP Tejinder Singh Luthra said, “We have procured footage establishing that the victim was being chased by accused in a Tata Safari. I cannot divulge the source of footage… these are either the police’s CCTV cameras or those privately installed.” His statement came after the administration had faced criticism after revealing that the camera’s installed by the police could not be retrieved as they were “non-functional”. Also read: Have CCTV footage of accused chasing victim, say police. Click here.

(With inputs from agencies)

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    Warrior
    Aug 8, 2017 at 9:05 pm
    Look who's talking ! The wolf crying like a lamb.this guy who is a womanizer ,who recently made a man who and his family were involved in the rape of French woman ,who's party colleagues son killed Jessica lal.hahahhah!
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      Asish
      Aug 8, 2017 at 3:10 pm
      Record the statements of all these Congress Politicians. They are giving you the advantage. Its only a matter of time when they will say exactly the opposite. This is ultimate value. Go on we want to hear more from you, come out of your s say it, say all the nasty things. Find faults, its both your responsibility and opportunity. The nastier it gets the better it will be, these Congressmen should not sit there quietly. I would have done things so that this immoral brigade talks so anti on issues that they trap themselves in. But doing wrong is never the intention, it is to hear from Congressi mouth.
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        Asish
        Aug 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm
        Vikas Barala should go behind bars and all the possible cases should be registered against him. Law should take its course. Mr. Suresh Barala is not responsible for the action of his son who is an Adult and can be taken as criminal under the law without the aid and advice of his parents. For all legal purpose he is a separate human being, if he has used his father's clout his father will be in trouble for manipulation but cannot be responsible for the crime. Mr. Suresh Barala should surrender his son to the Police, this will create the bonhomie which will protect him in next election.
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          Asish
          Aug 8, 2017 at 3:16 pm
          Poor Congressi cannot take the moral grounds because its a trap this time. People know who they are and what they believe in. Captain Amarinder Singh has been sent to worry about the state of Punjab and not start talking on issues which will be going to the Court. He is not a judge, so he should hold his high horses. If someone claims that he is biasing the Police for political reason he can also be equally charged. Let us follow the legal procedures, Vikas Barala cannot get away and believe me BJP and Suresh Barala gains nothing. Infact Vikas Barala gains more by going to prison. He should also come out in public and apologise.
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          Abha Indian
          Aug 8, 2017 at 5:10 pm
          Oh! Chaddis and bhaghats are on Prawl. Feku was stalking a girl in Gujrat through motto gang . This is not a new thing for BJP. Ashish type brat will defend indefensible. He should be ashamed of himself and on behalf of Bhartiya Jhuta Party. Jai Bheem
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          TIHAEwale
          Aug 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm
          Police all over India is headed by corrupt who make their services available to the Government of the day so there is every likelihood of Varnika may not get justice rather might find her slapped with false charges to force her down to turn hostile to over turn the case in favour of Vikas
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