Chandigarh stalking case: Vikas Barala, Ashish Kumar sent to judicial custody till August 25

Meanwhile, residents of Chandigarh held a march on Friday night in support of Varnika Kundu.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 12, 2017 5:01 pm
chandigarh stalking case, vikas barala, vikas judicial custody, varnika kundu, chandigarh stalking, india news, indian express Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar were sent to judicial custody till August 25. (Express Photo/Jasbir Malhi)

Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar, who are accused of chasing and stalking Varnika Kundu, the daughter of a senior IAS officer in a bid to kidnap her, were sent to judicial custody till August 25 on Saturday. Earlier, both the accused had been sent to the police remand for two days till August 12.

On Thursday, defence counsel Surya Prakash Garg had pleaded “not guilty” for the accused. He told the court that “neither any kidnapping nor any molestation or any other offence was committed”, adding that the case was “just a media trial”. However, based on the public prosecutor’s plea, the court granted two-day police custody of the accused on grounds that they were needed to reconstruct the crime scene and establishing motive behind the crime.

Subhash Barala, who held a press conference on Thursday, said police must take appropriate action against his son as per the law if he is named in the FIR. He refuted charges that the probe was influenced.

Meanwhile, residents of Chandigarh held a march on Friday night in support of Varnika Kundu. Nearly 400 people joined the ‘Bekhauf Azaadi March’, meaning fearless freedom, spearheaded by theatre person Amy Singh to raise awareness on women’s safety. See pictures from the event here.

(With inputs from agencies)

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    Roby Mani
    Aug 13, 2017 at 12:11 pm
    Vikas and his friend needs to be put behind bars for 7 years, This will then prove to be a a deterrent to those who feel like comitting such henious acts in future.
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      Pratibha Pasricha
      Aug 12, 2017 at 9:34 pm
      All the best to Varnika. But is her father so honest as he is showing off on TV. Varnika has said that she is standing up for all women. Will she stand against her father for me. I have proofs that he changes colours as per his benefits.
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        Amrita
        Aug 12, 2017 at 7:57 pm
        Im certainly appreciative of the Bekauf Azaadi march in Chandigarh. People need to fearlessly voice support for Ms Kundu. Public space for women needs to be secure irrespective of the time of night and what hours they keep. I found it bizarre tht a group supportive of the alleged accused has a FB, Clearly an attempt to intimidate women who will not be cowed down. India is watching closely how the case evolves. The modern Indian woman is weary of attempts to put her in her place. We are done with patriarchical systems. The times are changed and we need to discard some stuff.
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          Champa Bai
          Aug 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm
          Great first step by police.......now lets wait and watch how the events unfold in coming weeks
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            Sg
            Aug 12, 2017 at 5:01 pm
            Clearly a case of political vendetta and media ma . We have seen numerous such false and fabricated cases like 'Rohtak breavehearts' in recent years. Women of these false cases must be severly punished to deter other girls from lodging false and malacious complains.
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              amitabh awasthy
              Aug 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm
              You would not have said all this if the girl was your sister or daughter.
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                Sg
                Aug 12, 2017 at 8:15 pm
                Stop these foolish arguments to hide the women crimes. Will you be happy if your brother so father gets into trouble because of fabricated chages? SC has severly critisised false complains by women in dowry cases. Are everybody on the wrong side except the feminists?
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                Amrita
                Aug 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm
                vice versa too. guys who threaten the very existence of women need guidance. stop jumping to conclusions on political vendetta. No woman in her right mind will lodge a case and face scrutiny instead. Clearly an intelligent woman who knows she has to protect her rights. Why are you finding this so difficult to accept. If the case is fake it will be thrown out in no time rest assured. And as another reader alluded you are lucky not to have a female member in your family.
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                  shaimin jetmalani
                  Aug 12, 2017 at 11:54 pm
                  well the thing is, if a women alleges something, it instantly becomes the ultimate and absolute truth, social justice warriors plunges in support of vilifying men in whatever way possible,,, when they are proved wrong like in jaslen kaur case, then these people suddenly vanishes in thin air... as you said, "stop jumping into conclusions " i am telling the same thing to you... Stop jumping into conclusions based on assumptions that women are always victims, women can never be evil. If your brother is framed just like jasleen framed that poor guy, and got reward from government , i think you wont be so supportive.. or do you? And one more thing, we men are also not safe in late hours..murder and robbery are rampant.... so stop pulling the gender card every-time. It was never about men vs women, it was always about human vs some s. '
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                  Alakanuk Rusty
                  Aug 15, 2017 at 9:58 am
                  Agree with you. Though I hold no brief for the neta's son, more likely to turn out guilty than not for either this or something else. But that doesn't automatically translate into this girl being somekind of hero she is being portrayed as by the 'selective' media and the mombatti brigade - both ohh so very quiet on really horrible crime committed against women around the sametime this “midnight teenage drama spurred by ego hassles amongst intoxicated former acquaintances, children of rich, poweful and corrupt on the streets of Chandigarh" was unfolding such as the recently married young working woman named Ragini who was first abducted, then brutally gang raped and finally hacked to death mercilessly, her corpse recovered on a highway - just one amongst few others. But the mombatti brigade can be least bothered with such riff-raff whose tragedy doesnt have the 'potential' for a fashion parade, shouting matches on tv channels and of course scoring some political points too while at it.
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                  Deeksha Sharma
                  Aug 12, 2017 at 3:57 pm
                  Finally, the Chandigarh police have acted. A Salute to them for upholding the law. There is hope that the law will follow the actual course and not the usual course. As for that bull in China shop turned rat, a stint of 7 years in jail should sober him up.
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