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Chandigarh stalking: CCTV footage not of much help? Why the case may fall flat

Sources say the person is hesitant to join the investigation, which may serve another major blow to the prosecution’s case after the grainy closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage failed to be of much help.

punjab Updated: Aug 13, 2017 12:28 IST
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Vikas Brala and Ashish Kumar being produced at the Chandigarh court on Saturday.
Vikas Brala and Ashish Kumar being produced at the Chandigarh court on Saturday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

After rearresting Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar on the charge of attempt to kidnap in the Varnika Kundu stalking case, police had referred to the statement of a witness, who sources say was driving behind the accused’s vehicle when they were arrested at the Housing Board light point late on last Friday night. The police have not revealed his identity yet. Sources say the person is hesitant to join the investigation, which may serve another major blow to the prosecution’s case after the grainy closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage failed to be of much help.

Allegation: Vikas and Ashish stalked Varnika while she was on her way home and even attempted to kidnap her after intercepting her car. Ashish even got down of the car twice and tried to open her vehicle.

What accused told police: Sources said the accused denied stalking Varnika. Vikas said he was driving Ashish to Panchkula and not chasing Varnika’s car.

Evidence in hand: CCTV footage that shows a speeding black vehicle being followed by a white vehicle. It doesn’t show the black vehicle being intercepted. Police are also relying on the mobile tower location of both the accused and Varnika moving in the same direction.

Allegation: The accused were drunk

What accused told police: They admitted to consuming beer, bought from Sector 9, before moving towards Panchkula.

Evidence in hand: CCTV footage shows them purchasing beer. In the medical report, the doctor is of opinion that “their breath smelled of alcohol”. But as the two refused to give blood and urine samples, the police cannot quantify how much alcohol was present in their blood.

Allegation: The accused tried to open the door of Varnika’s vehicle at the Housing Board light point

What accused told police: The accused denied the allegation, saying when they were arrested there was no other vehicle or a woman at the spot. It was only after they were taken to the Sector-26 police station after their medical examination that they got to know about the complaint.

Evidence in hand: Apart from the witness whose vehicle was behind the accused’s SUV, police are relying on the statement of the PCR personnel who intercepted them. However, on taking them for medical examination, police mentioned in the report that they were detained for creating ruckus under the influence of liquor.