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Haryana BJP chief’s son, friend arrested in stalking case


Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar were on Wednesday arrested again by the Chandigarh Police after they were booked under the non-bailable sections of attempt to abduct and attempt to commit offence for stalking an Indian Administrative Service officer’s daughter.

Both accused, who appeared before police on Wednesday, were interrogated by police officials for over two hours before being booked under Section 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to confine person) and Section 511 (attempt to commit offence punishable with life imprisonment).

“Following interrogation, new facts have emerged. We have decided to press two new charges. These are attempted abduction (sections 365 and 511). We have decided to arrest them,” Chandigarh Director-General of Police Tejinder Luthra said.

“They will be produced in court on Thursday. We will seek police remand from the court. We have to confront them with various facts,” Luthra said.

“The arrests and new charges are based on many new facts like legal opinion, new pieces of evidence in form of CCTV footage, statement of witnesses and map of the route,” he said.

“There are many things in investigations that I cannot share with you. I will refrain from divulging very minute details at this stage.”

He added: “There is no political pressure (on us). We are doing everything objectively, professionally and independently.”

The incident of stalking happened on the night of August 4-5. The Chandigarh Police came under widespread criticism for allegedly favouring the accused who stalked and intimidated Varnika Kundu, 29, daughter of Haryana Additional Chief Secretary VS Kundu.

Both the accused arrived amid high drama at the Sector 26 police station, in a Ford Endeavour SUV, amid heavy rain.

The police threw an elaborate security ring in the police station complex to keep away Congress and Aam Aadmi Party protesters as well as the media.

Vikas and Ashish had earlier in the day skipped police summons to join the probe. They were asked to appear before the police at 11am and only arrived around 2.30pm. Luthra earlier told the media that the accused had refused to give their blood and urine samples to the doctor conducting their medical examination on Saturday.

Indo-Asian News Service