Chandigarh stalking case: Varnika like my daughter, says BJP’s Subhash Barala

Chandigarh stalking case: On Saturday, 29-year-old Varnika Kundu, the daughter of senior Haryana-cadre IAS officer V S Kundu, had alleged that Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar had stalked and chased her in a bid to kidnap her in Chandigarh.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2017 4:00 pm
Chandigarh stalking case, vikas barala stalking, Varnika Kundu, subhash barala, haryana bjp chief, harayana bjp chief son, latest news, india news, indian express Chandigarh stalking case: BJP Haryana chief Subhash Barala today said 29-year-old Varnika Kundu is like his daughter. (Source: ANI) 

Rejecting claims of any political pressure to influence the investigation in an alleged stalking case involving his son Vikas Barala, BJP Haryana chief Subhash Barala on Tuesday said the victim is like his daughter. He also added that the BJP believes in women’s right and freedom. “Varnika (the victim) is like my daughter, there is no pressure to influence the investigation. Law should take its own course, BJP is party which believes in women’s rights and freedom,” he was quoted as saying by ANI. On Saturday, 29-year-old Varnika Kundu, the daughter of senior Haryana-cadre IAS officer V S Kundu, had alleged that Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar had stalked and chased her in a bid to kidnap her.

Chandigarh Police has come under intense criticism for not invoking the IPC sections 365 and 511 against them for the accussed for attempted kidnapping of the woman and granting bail to the duo. UT Senior Superintendent of Police Eish Singhal, in a brief interaction with the media said, “We are not working under any political pressure. Otherwise why would we register an FIR on the first day. We are investigating the case on merit. Our technical analysis of the CCTVs installed on the route on which the complainant was allegedly stalked, is going on. Once we complete our technical analysis, we shall proceed accordingly. In case any other section is required to be added in the FIR, we shall do that. So far, we have not included kidnapping bid charge in the FIR.” Read: Chandigarh stalking case: Police say they’re in no hurry to include ‘kidnapping bid’ in FIR; what has happened so far. Click here

The police faced further flak after the administration admitted that CCTV cameras along the stretch where the incident took place were non-functional. They have, however, procured 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,” DGP Tejinder Singh Luthra had told The Indian Express.

Opposition parties have also claimed that the Centre, as well as the Haryana government, were trying to “hush up” the incident and demanded the resignation of Subhash Barala. The BJP, however, made it clear that Barala would not step down. “The incident did not even take place in Haryana. It took place in Chandigarh, which is a Union Territory. The police are investigating the case. The law will take its course,” BJP general secretary in-charge of Haryana, Anil Jain, told The Indian Express. Read: Chandigarh stalking case: Pressure mounts on Haryana govt, police; victim, her father vow to continue fight. Click here

Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had earlier said that he has full faith in Chandigarh police and that the guilty will be punished. “This matter is not related with Subhash Barala but with an individual. So action would be taken against his son,” he said. BJP MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher had raised the issue in Lok Sabha saying stalking is violence against women.  “As a mother, I can understand the sentiments of the victim’s family at this time. Whatever is legal and correct in this case, will be done,” she added.

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    Proud Bhakt
    Aug 8, 2017 at 4:39 pm
    Such a wonderful statement from a humble , honest , hard-working and patriotic BJP politician from Haryana . Is it possible that his son could have committed this crime ? Not at all. Men of haryana are extremely cultured and civilized . The Woman should apologize to his innocent Son for damaging his re,p,u,tation.
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    1. Joykutty Cherian
      Aug 8, 2017 at 4:14 pm
      Brother stacking own sister.. is this BJP style...? He is a typical BJP leader who utters nonsense.
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        RR
        Aug 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm
        इस मधर को भाजपा बाहर क्यों नही फेंक रही है? पब्लिक इसके इंटरव्यू सुनने नही बैठी है, बल्कि इसके जैसे नेताओं को बाहर निकलते देखने की उम्मीद में बैठी है। मोदी को सांप सूंघ गया है क्या? भारत माता की सेवा के लिए मोदी को बलात्कारियों का परिवार चाहिए? मोदी की सरकार की ज़रूरत हैं ये बलात्कारी लोग? मुँह में मोदी भूंसे ले अब बैठ गया? ये अभी तक भाजपा से निकल क्यों नही गया है? ऐसे लोगों के द पे मोदी तू देश की औरतों की रक्षा करेगा? शला दखोसलेबाज़, लाल किले पे चढ़ के नौटंकी करने लायक है बस तू। choron ke haathon haryana de diya hai.
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          namza
          Aug 8, 2017 at 4:04 pm
          Mr BJP president of the Haryana wing, kindly educate your "son". It seems he has learned no virtues, only inherited power and possessions owned by his ancestors. Make him "independent" in order to understand that principles make a man, not goondaism. I don't think he can stand on his own feet without you and your political stature. The difference between him and the victim is simple: she can stand on her own feet, that too being a girl. Kudos to the upbringing of her parents! Before you attempt to "adopt" her, kindly assess your principles in life. God bless your "good" intentions!
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            samajhdaaar
            Aug 8, 2017 at 4:14 pm
            A very Valid and Sensible advice to the (gentle)man. Entirely agree with your views.
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            asim
            Aug 8, 2017 at 4:04 pm
            Hmmmmm. I see....
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