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Chandigarh stalking: Father of victim hits out at BJP leaders for refusing to speak up

Bureaucrat VS Kundu says a Haryana BJP member tried to broker a compromise on the night of the incident, and other party members have been silent since

india Updated: Aug 10, 2017 08:36 IST
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Varnika Kundu and her father VS Kundu at their Panchkula residence.
Varnika Kundu and her father VS Kundu at their Panchkula residence.(Sant Arora/HT)

Haryana bureaucrat VS Kundu lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday for not “putting in a word of regret” after its Haryana unit chief’s son allegedly stalked his daughter last week.

Kundu’s daughter was chased by two suspects, including Haryana BJP leader Subhash Barala’s son Vikas, as she drove home shortly after midnight on Friday. The case has become a rallying point for women’s rights activists and the BJP’s rivals, who allege that Chandigarh police may be going soft on the suspects because they belong to a powerful family.

“People from the IAS fraternity across the country have sent me messages of support and solidarity. People cutting across party affiliations have expressed their support for us. I am grateful to them for understanding our concern and agony. But not a single person from the BJP approached us or cared to even send a message... That hurts me. I have worked in Haryana for 30 years and people from all walks of life, including political parties, know me well. If those affiliated to the ruling BJP are hesitant to even put in a word of regret, one can very well understand why they are diffident. It’s simply about politics for them,” said Kundu.

“However, we are determined. Come what may, we will not back off. And that means even an intervention by the almighty.”

Subhash Barala broke his silence on the issue on Tuesday, saying Varnika was “like a daughter” to him and whatever lawful action is required should be taken against Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar.

The statement was too little, too late for the Kundus.

The IAS officer said that on the contrary, Krishan Dhull, a BJP worker he has known, approached him and sought to broker a deal on the night of the incident.

“Dhull, who later provided surety for Vikas Barala and bailed him out of custody, even insisted that I speak to Subhash Barala. I told Dhull that he should be ashamed for pleading their case. I asked whether he knew that my daughter was stalked by these well-educated miscreants. I refused to speak to Barala at Dhull’s insistence and told him it did not matter whose son Vikas is. I told him point blank that he (Barala) needed to come to my place with this plea,” said the senior bureaucrat.

The IAS officer said that junior, senior and retired officers from the IAS fraternity have lent him their support and were standing by him. “If a person like me who has all kinds of resources does not take this fight to its logical conclusion, who will?” the officer said.