Chandigarh stalking case: Haryana BJP chief’s son held for bid to kidnap

Earlier this week, police officials said they had obtained CCTV footage which shows “the victim was being chased by the accused”. On Wednesday, Luthra said that besides the CCTV footage, they had also recorded statements of eyewitnesses.

Written by Saurabh Prashar | Chandigarh | Published:August 10, 2017 5:37 am
Chandigarh stalking case, Vika Barala, BJP Hyaryana, Monsoon Session, Indian Express, India news Vikas Barala was arrested by Police on Wednesday afternoon. Express Photo by Jabir Malhi

HARYANA BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son, Vikas, and his friend, Ashish Kumar, accused of chasing a woman in their vehicle for over seven kilometres on the night of August 4, were arrested on Wednesday after the Chandigarh police added the charge of attempted abduction against them. Earlier in the day, the accused were questioned for nearly three hours, after which the non-bailable charge, under Section 365 and 511 of the IPC, was added to the FIR registered against them last week, on the complaint of Varnika Kundu, daughter of senior IAS officer V S Kundu.

While the accused were arrested on Friday night, they were released on bail as they were booked under bailable sections of the IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act — stalking, wrongful restraint, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Announcing the arrests, Director General of Police T S Luthra said: “We called both the accused for interrogation. It was a lengthy interrogation. A number of things came to the fore in today’s interrogation. So we decided to press additional charges against them — for attempted abduction. We have also placed them under arrest. Both will be produced in court tomorrow. We will request the court to grant police custody. There are a number of things for which we need the accused, to reconstruct the crime scene and to verify many other facts.”

Earlier this week, police officials said they had obtained CCTV footage which shows “the victim was being chased by the accused”. On Wednesday, Luthra said that besides the CCTV footage, they had also recorded statements of eyewitnesses.

“We are not facing any political pressure. We are doing our bit professionally, objectively and legally. New charges have been added in the FIR on the basis of new facts that have come to the fore during our investigation. We have collected new evidence in the form of CCTV footage, statements of witnesses and, of course, there is the legal opinion that formed the basis of adding new charges in the FIR,” he said.

Vikas and Ashish arrived at the police station at around 2:30 pm, following summons issued to them. Police said they had pasted the summons outside the houses of both the accused.

A little before they reached the police station, Subhash Barala and BJP spokesperson Jawahar Yadav addressed a press briefing. “Law should act in the case. I would say that police should take appropriate action in this case in which my son is named as an accused. Today morning, when I learnt that he had been called for questioning, I told him to go to the police. He was out of Chandigarh at that time, and he should be reaching the police station soon,” said Barala.

The press conference ended abruptly, after Barala received a phone call. Meanwhile, V S Kundu described the arrests as a “small step in the right direction”. “Merely re-arresting the accused is not important, their conviction for the crime that they have committed shall be important,” he said. “This is just a small step by the police in the right direction, which has restored our faith in the system to some extent, but the investigations will begin now.”

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    Trun
    Aug 10, 2017 at 11:05 am
    Our home ministers says Rahul doesn't take security and is hiding something. Seems here in chandigarh party needs to provide mandatory security guard so that their party men son are stopped from chasing girls.
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      H Bahl
      Aug 10, 2017 at 10:52 am
      To stop this problem a fast track court should be in place. The guilty should be punished with in four weeks. This will have a great impact on the society , will create awareness and bring confidence to the people at large.
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        Sonu Malik.
        Aug 10, 2017 at 10:36 am
        The IAS association must ask a simple question to itself : Why is it that , even after 70 years of independence, we can't sa uard even our own daughters against political sons? Why can't an IAS officer go to that fellow's house and drag him to the police station as he would done if the chap had no connection with a politician? The association must show some spine and stand up to this power drunk politician . Also the DGP must be questioned as to the training of his officers. How did they decide that certain charges did not fit into the initial FIR and later those charges were put in by their higher ups.
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          chander
          Aug 10, 2017 at 9:54 am
          Honestly, anyone who stalks this girl their must be examined.
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            Rational Thinker
            Aug 11, 2017 at 3:32 am
            In other words in your honorable thinking, there are some girls who are worthy of stalking and some not. That thinking is against human dignity needs to be examined.
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            Dandy CoolMe
            Aug 10, 2017 at 8:58 am
            Though its been hyped a lot , the guy should be punished no matter who he is son of as much as anybody else would be but same way he shouldn't be punished more. Also I don't think his family should be punished for his crime, that would be dumb as well. Law should be fair from all angles.
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              Vilas
              Aug 10, 2017 at 8:31 am
              Though, State BJP president cannt be held responsible for his sons actions and crimnal activities , it does bnot abode good for BJP. Especially after Stupid TAI found amicable solution to protect crimanl activity of GAIKWAD and the clan. Those were the exact things happening in COngress rule. Have you voted out CONGRESS or a new COngress is ruling Inida. How dare the son dare to stalk a gal? How dare Stupid Tai dared to find amicable solution to protect crimnals? How dare Aviation Ministry called a meeting to formulate the policy for VIPS? when PM had same day told us that there are no VIPs in India. Is Modi making fun of Indians or BJP is turning Congress? Its not the fact but perceptions matters where also sloaganbaj Modi.
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                smurthy
                Aug 10, 2017 at 7:54 am
                RSS/BJP is filled with murderers, rapists, human traffickers, ISI agent. In the last 6 months, atleast 1 RSS/BJP member is being investigated for above crimes.
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                  Kiran Prakash Gupta
                  Aug 10, 2017 at 7:54 am
                  This is a test case for elimination of VIP culture.The BJP should follow the case with integrity and show impartiality.
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