The Chandigarh police on Wednesday arrested Vikas Barala, the son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, and his friend Ashish over charges of stalking and attempt to kidnap an IAS officer’s daughter. The two, who will be produced in court on Thursday, arrived at the police station in Chandigarh’s Sector 26 five days after they were charged with kidnapping and stalking. “Detailed interrogation of both took place, two charges to be pressed against them,” says Chandigarh DGP Tajender Singh Luthra. Luthra said the arrests were made on the basis of new findings in the last 5 days investigation.
“There is no political pressure on us and we are doing everything professionally and objectively”, Luthra added. Vikas, a law student, and Ashish (27) are accused of stalking Varnika Kundu early Saturday when she was driving from Sector 7 in Chandigarh towards Panchkula. Kundu, a disc jockey, has alleged that the two followed her in their Tata Safari Storme. Both were drunk, she said, and at one point the SUV blocked her way and the person in the co-driver’s seat started walking towards her vehicle. The police intercepted the two after Kundu’s complaint and brought them to the police station on Saturday but they were bailed out soon afterwards.
After the news broke out, Kundu told HT, “My faith in the system has been somewhat restored, which was shaken after hearing about the medical report.” The opposition Congress has accused the Centre and state governments of pressuring the police to dilute the probe, while the BJP has stood behind Barala ruling out his resignation. Battling accusations of hushing up the stalking incident that has sparked nationwide anger and raised questions over women safety, the Centre asked for a report from the Chandigarh administration.