In a major development in the Chandigarh stalking case, where a IAS officer’s daughter claimed to have been a victim of an attempted kidnapping, ABP news reported that 6 out of 9 CCTVs at the spot were unable to provide footage to prove the issue. And with the latest tips in the case, which also includes that the police have not yet analysed the other three CCTV footage, it is speculated that there has been attempts made to press the case down out of political influence.
The 29-year old daughter of an IAS officer alleged that she had been stalked for about seven kilometres for 30 minutes at midnight on August 4 by Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar.
As reported by the Indian Express, the FIR stated, “To the SHO, Police Station Sector 26, Chandigarh. Subject — Complaint regarding harassment and attempt to kidnap and outrage the modesty of a girl.”
Indian Express further quoted the woman saying, “To me, it was very clear that these boys intended to abduct me even tried to open the door. Kindly file an FIR under the appropriate sections of law.”
However the police denied to include strong charges of attempt to suicide against the alleged and instead put bailable charges like, stalking and wrongful restraint in the FIR, following which the accused were both released on bail.
Indian Express quoted the Deputy Superintendent of Police (East), Satish Kumar saying, “We are taking legal opinion in the matter. The vehicle of the accused is yet impounded. My hands shaking, my back spasming from fear, half in tears, half bewildered, because I didn’t know if I’d make it home tonight….”
However, law experts claimed that the police could have at least registered a case on attempted kidnapping under the sections 365 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code, since the woman complained that she was ‘almost kidnapped’. As reported by the Indian Express, an advocate named Vikram Rathore said, “The allegations are grave but the FIR is only the beginning, and the police can include other sections later. One should have some confidence in the investigating agency, but the case has to be probed dispassionately, without fear, and with utmost sensitivity.”