Chandigarh stalking case: Who is the other accused Ashish Kumar?
Ashish was on the passenger seat last Friday night when he and his friend Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, allegedly stalked DJ Varnika Kundu oin Chandigarh. While the case has made headlines, Ashish, who allegedly got off twice and sought to open Varnika’s car door forcibly, has not got as much attention as Vikas has.punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2017 09:18 IST
The mother of Ashish Kumar Olla, 27, co-accused in the Chandigarh stalking case, is not aware that her son has been arrested twice by the police in the last week. She has been told that he has gone on a holiday and will be back soon.
Ashish was in the passenger seat last Friday night when he and his friend Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, allegedly stalked DJ Varnika Kundu in Chandigarh. While the case has made headlines, Ashish, who allegedly got off twice and sought to open Varnika’s car door forcibly, has not got as much attention as Vikas.
He comes from a farming background in Bhiwani’s Barsi Jattan village, 250 km from Chandigarh. After his father had passed away around three years ago, unable to cope up with the death, his mother was diagnosed with epilepsy and hysteria. “She will not be able to withstand her son’s arrest,” said Manmohan Olla, 45, Ashish’s cousin who lives next to their house in the village.
Villagers said Ashish recently lost a lot of money in the stock market and had to sell a major portion of the family land, leaving around five acres. A law graduate from a college in Hisar, he was looking for a job and had given several government exams.
“It was in law college that he became friends with Vikas. That night, he had called me few hours before the incident,” said Manmohan. “He had told me Vikas was taking him out to see Chandigarh as he, too, wanted to live there like Vikas. A day later, we got to know from newspaper both were arrested. I spoke to him after that. He told me they got bail, but was worried they will be arrested again due to the protests.”
While Subhash is accused of intervening in the probe to save his son from harsher punishment, Ashish’s family has not engaged any lawyer. Asked what if the politician’s family save their son by putting the blame on Ashish, Manmohan said they trust Vikas and his family.
“Let the law take its course. If they have done wrong, they should be adequately punished. But we don’t want things blown out of proportion. Opposition parties are attacking the BJP because they don’t have any other issue,” he stressed.