Haryana cops nab Vikas Barala, friend in stalking case
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 09-Aug-2017


Chandigarh, Aug 9: Haryana police on Wednesday arrested Vikas Barala, son of State BJP President and his friend Ashish Kumar for stalking a 29-year-old Varnika Kundu last week.

The case shot to prominence due to involvement of high profile persons. The political rivals of BJP had braced them to gather to demand the resignation of the State BJP President Subhash Barala for his son’s involvement. The BJP had refuted their demand.

The police said that they had sufficient evidence against the accused to prove their involvement in the crime.

Interacting with the press persons DGP Chandigarh said that both the accused were arrested on charges of attempt to abduction and IPC 365 and 511. Both will be produced in the court on Thursday.

The DGP said that ample evidence was recovered during the interrogation. He clarified that there was no political pressure on them and they were doing their job professionally and most objectuively.

The Chandigarh Police had earlier on Wednesday asked Vikas to appear before the Station House Officer (SHO) of Sector-26 Police Station at 11 am 'sharp'. But the state BJP chief son appeared almost after three hours.

Police and media battled rain and waited for Vikas to arrive for questioning in the stalking case.

The Chandigarh Police on Wednesday said it has sufficient evidence to establish that the accused, Vikas and his friend, stalked and chased Varnika Kundu in Chandigarh late on Friday night. Varnika had also alleged that Vikas tried to open her car door.

“Additional evidence is welcome but we now have sufficient CCTV footage,” ANI quoted Chandigarh DGP Tejinder Luthra as saying.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference, Haryana BJP Chief Subhash Barala said, “The moment we learnt about the notice, Vikas headed for Chandigarh. He will cooperate fully with the police, the Deccan Herald.”

Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar were arrested on August 5 on charges of stalking and harassing IAS officer's daughter Varnika Kundu in Chandigarh. They were, however, granted bail on the same day.

A case was registered by the Chandigarh Police against Vikas and other youth under under Section 354 D (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 185 (Motor Vehicle Act) of the CRPC on the basis of complaint filed by the woman.

After being mute for over three days, Subhash Barala finally broke his silence on the matter on Tuesday. Addressing media, Subhash said Varnika “is like his daughter” and assured action against his son.