In another major setback in the investigation on the Chandigarh stalking case, the prime accused, BJP state Chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas has denied giving blood or urine samples. However, Chandigarh DGP Tejinder Lutthra asserted that while additional evidences are welcome, the police have enough CCTV footage to continue investigation.
Speaking to ANI, the DGP said, “Everything under the sun will be done to ensure justice. Accused refused to give their blood and urine samples. Such refusal will be held against them in the investigation and trial.”
On Vikas Baralla’s further denial to accept the notice, Luthra confirmed that the police have pasted the notice on the wall of his residence. The prime accused and his friend Ashish Kumar had been asked to appear before the police today at 11 am.
Varnika Kundu, 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 including 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.M
Meanwhile, Varnika’s father, Virender Kundu claimed to have received several calls from Haryana BJP chief. Indian Express quoted Kundu saying, “I don’t have his number on my phone, but I knew it was him through Truecaller (app). I did not take any of his calls because I knew what he was going to say. Till the time the BJP is in power, they will not forget. This action by me will be taken as an act against the party… I have told my daughters to be careful when they go out… Someone could even slip a drug packet into their purse just to trap them.”
By Priyam Mukhopadhyay