Stalking case: Varnika is like my daughter, says father of accused
August 08, 2017  14:36
Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's first statement in the wake of the arrest of his son Vikas, for stalking a woman, Varnika Kundu.

Vikas Barala, 23, and his friend, Ashish Kumar, 27, were released on bail hours after they were arrested last week.

Subhash Barala said today that that the victim, Varnika, was like his daughter and that there was no pressure to influence the investigation.

"The law should take its own course, BJP is a party which believes in women's rights and freedom," said Barala.

The Chandigarh Police has retrieved footage of five CCTV cameras on the route on which the 29-year-old woman was allegedly chased by the two men last week.

Varnika, daughter of a bureaucrat, had called up the police on Friday night complaining that two youth were chasing her along a stretch of over 5 km from Chandigarh.

On Monday, UT Chandigarh SSP Eish Singhal had said the police was in the process of taking the footage of CCTV on the route where the victim was allegedly stalked by the accused.

"We have identified several CCTV cameras on the route taken by the accused and we are in the process of taking footage when their technical analysis is complete, we will let you know," he had said.

On allegations that six CCTV cameras on the route were non-functional, the SSP had said, "I can brief about this only when the technical analysis is complete."

"We are analysing every single camera on that road stretch. When technical analysis is complete, details will be put before you."

Police had rejected claims that it was under any kind of pressure.

The Chandigarh Police had also said it will not hesitate to add non-bailable provisions in the case if legal opinion is in its favour.

Singhal had said they were investigating the matter with an "open mind" and were taking legal opinion on several issues pertaining to the case.

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had yesterday condemned the incident and said no attempt should be made to dilute charges against the accused.

"We are living in 2017. Nothing to do with ladies coming out to work at night. Clear case of 'gundagardi'. Doesn't matter whose son he is. If we give free hand to police they'll find things out," Capt. Amarinder Singh, Punjab CM, said.

IMAGE: The victim, Varnika Kundu. Photograph: Varnika Kundu/Facebook
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