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Chandigarh stalking: Haryana BJP chief’s son Vikas Barala appears before police, joins probe

Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Shubhash Barala, and Ashish Kumar have been summoned to appear before police at 11am but they were not at home to receive the notices

india Updated: Aug 09, 2017 15:35 IST
Shailee Dogra
Sources say footage recovered from surveillance cameras may not be clear enough to corroborate kidnap attempt charge.
Sources say footage recovered from surveillance cameras may not be clear enough to corroborate kidnap attempt charge. (Screengrab)

Several hours after failing to answer summons, Vikas Barala appeared before police in Chandigarh in the stalking case after his father, Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, assured of cooperating in the investigation.

Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar were booked based on a complaint by a 29-year-old woman who accused them of stalking her while drink driving.

The two suspects were untraceable, local police sources said on Wednesday morning, hours before a deadline for the accused to show up at a police station.

Summon notices were pasted at the homes of the suspects, asking them to appear before police by 11am.

After the suspects failed to show up, the BJP leader held a press conference stating that his son was out of town but was notified of the summons, and would be joining the investigation.

He further assured that they were not and would not attempt to influence the investigation.

Police have faced criticism for not including charges of attempted abduction in the case against Vikas and Kumar, who had allegedly followed and tried to stop Varnika Kundu, a 29-year-old DJ, around midnight on Friday.

It also emerged that the police may have not pressed the suspects to undergo blood and urine tests, which would have indicated their intoxication at the time of the alleged crime.

The duo is accused under sections relating to drink-driving and stalking, both giving police the discretion to give bail to suspects. Barala and Kumar were released within hours on Friday night.

The police had said on Monday that they had found closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from five spots along the route on which Kundu was reportedly harassed as she drove home.

But sources say the footage is of poor quality and may not help corroborate the charge of attempted kidnapping, as alleged by Kundu.

(With inputs from agencies)