Chandigarh stalking case: Have CCTV footage of accused chasing victim, say police

Chandigarh stalking case: The DGP’s disclosure came after the administration admitted that the cameras it installed on the stretch where the alleged stalking took place on the night of August 4 could not be retrieved because the cameras were “non-functional” since August 1.

Written by Saurabh Prashar , Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Updated: August 8, 2017 11:48 am
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Facing criticism over the investigation into the alleged stalking of an IAS officer’s daughter in Chandigarh by Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala and his friend last weekend, DGP Tejinder Singh Luthra told The Indian Express that police have obtained CCTV footage which shows the “victim was being chased by the accused”. “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,” said Luthra.

The DGP’s disclosure came after the administration admitted that the cameras it installed on the stretch where the alleged stalking took place on the night of August 4 could not be retrieved because the cameras were “non-functional” since August 1. Asked about the CCTVs, Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand said, “Out of 93 CCTV cameras in the city, 23 are non-functional. I have been told that due to some digging work, a power supply wire got disconnected, leaving 23 cameras non-functional.” Asked if these “non-functional” cameras included those on the stretch where the victim was allegedly stalked, he said, “Yes, I have been told that it includes that stretch.” SSP (Traffic) Shashank Anand said. “Only 42 cameras were in working condition. We communicated this to the engineering department, and got a reply that they had some issues over payment to the company, which does the annual maintenance work.”

When contacted, a senior official of Schneider Electric India Pvt Ltd, the Mumbai-based firm in charge of maintaining the CCTVs, said there were “payment issues” but added that the company had no information about any disconnected wire.

“Some months ago, the UT’s engineering wing had given us general information that due to accidents, there were damages at certain areas making cameras non-functional but no such specific information relating to ‘wire disconnecting’ has reached us, lately. We do have our payment issues as the UT has not paid us last year’s AMC fee which was about Rs 20 lakh,” said Abhijeet Swami, general manager (city surveillance project), Schneider Electric.

Chandigarh Police had earlier faced flak for not invoking the charges of bid to kidnap — a non-bailable offence — in the FIR, despite 29-year-old Varnika Kundu stating in her complaint that there was allegedly an attempt to kidnap her by Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar. The charges in the FIR — Section 354(d) on stalking and Section 341 on wrongful restraint — are both bailable. Both the accused were arrested and released on bail within a few hours on August 5, when the case was registered. On Monday, SSP Eish Singhal confirmed that police were yet to include charges related to “bid to kidnap” in the FIR.

 

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    sk
    Aug 9, 2017 at 1:22 am
    Guilty need to be punished, however high position they may occupy, even if it is the President's son, leave alone a little fry like BJP chief's son. Haryana BJP chief needs to resign, taking moral responsibility, or he should be fired. Otherwise, BJP will lose face and goodwill.
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      uttam
      Aug 9, 2017 at 1:05 am
      This case completely exposes RSS/BJP machinery and their attempts to suppress indians. The only reason this girl stands to get a chance at fair justice is 1. She has priveleged backgrund and an IAS officer's daughter 2. The case was caught on by media and social media 3. They initially did not know that the criminal was RSS/BJP leader's son. If 1 of the above 3 points was missing, the case would have been brushed off. Now imagine what about the common people suppressed under RSS/BJP rule? There still are attempts made by RSS/BJP's dirty tricks department to mislead Indians by 1. engaging in character assassination of victim by spreading lies, images. Similar to what RSS/BJP do for Gandhiji, Nehru etc. 2. manufacture consent via social media to bring support for a diluted case (instead of booking BJP leaders son for attempt to kidnapping (non bailable), he is booked for stalking ( a bailable offence)
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        sk
        Aug 9, 2017 at 1:24 am
        Don't just blame the BJP/RSS. It is the nature of Indian politics, that useless guys get elected by seemingly intelligent people, and once elected they think they are the kings of the land, not servants of the people who elected them. Congress, CPM, TMC, SP, you name it, they are all in the same boat.
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        sdkhanna1956@yahoo.com
        Aug 8, 2017 at 12:25 pm
        This case of ચંડિગઢ should be thorolly examined as miss kundu has brought the case to light all the previous activities of the boys should be checked as their father being a hot shot how many have shut rheir mouth.this is an example case how fair the police and the government are will watch closely
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          yash sehgal
          Aug 8, 2017 at 11:29 am
          These BJP goon netas like Brala n Nagpal will sink BJP's ship soon. Nagpal stopped an ambulance yesterday just bcz it grazed past his car. This arrogant stupid noodle stopped it for 30 minutes n the patient inside died. This neta wud be making lot of money from allowances paid by govt n also from other considerations. He wud hv shown sm sense n got his car repaired by him self n raised the matter later. But goons, particularly haryanvies, r s to the core. People laught at their idiocy but they think they r getting praised. Let the law take its course n punish the guilty. But such netas hv put a dent in Modi's re tion like Arun Jaitli n a bleak scenario is there for bjp in 2019.
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            Abhi
            Aug 8, 2017 at 11:29 am
            51 Percent rise in stalking cases but conviction rate abysmally low. Of the 4,699 cases registered in 2014, only 134 cases resulted in conviction of 262 people, according to the information provided by minister of state for home, Hansraj Ahir, in the Lok Sabha recently.
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              Nirua
              Aug 8, 2017 at 10:55 am
              Democrzy Amit Shah sytle.
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                Garaj
                Aug 8, 2017 at 10:50 am
                Bhookhey Bhediyon Key Haath Satta. Lynchistan Bana Rapeistan.
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                  Sachin
                  Aug 8, 2017 at 9:52 am
                  Totally incapable Haryana BJP leadership. They got chance to govern bcoz of Modi ji popularity. BJP President son tried to rape a girl. BJP Vice President asking what girl was doing so late. What a pathetic leadership. Being a BJP supporter I ashamed.
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