Chandigarh stalking: Four major lapses in investigation by the police

We recount the major mistakes made by the Chandigarh police during probe into a stalking case that seems to have bust the myth of Chandigarh being safe for women.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2017 14:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chandigarh stalking,Vikas Barala,Varnika Kundu
Accused Vikas Barala is the son of Haryana BJP chief Subash Barala.(HT File )

The role played by the Chandigarh police in the recent stalking case is already under scrutiny with a number of lapses coming to the fore.Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subash Barala, and his friend Ashish Kumar, have been accused of stalking a woman, Varnika Kundu, in Chandigarh.

We take a look at the major lapses in investigation so far:

1) ‘Attempt to kidnap’: Varnika’s complaint specifically mentioned that Vikas Barala and Ashish Barala tried to kidnap her. But the police did not invoke provisions of law on attempt to kidnap.

2) Medical examination goof-up: Medical examination of both the accused was not conducted post arrest. In detention, they refused to give blood and urine samples. Since they were found to be drunk by the doctors, a proper medical examination post their arrest would have helped cops to invoke more serious provisions of law.

Varnika Kundu and her father VS Kundu. (HT Photo)

3) Bailed out in a hurry? The police did not verify whether both the accused had been held or booked for similar offences earlier. They were bailed out in a hurry. If found involved in similar cases, they would have faced difficulty in securing bail.

4) Non-functional cameras: CCTVs on the stretch used by Varnika Kundu, a DJ by profession, were non-functional. The footage procured by police from private cameras in residential areas is of poor quality and car’s registration numbers, make etc are not visible.

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 14:47 IST