Chandigarh stalking: The heroes in khaki
Echo-34, which was patrolling in Manimajra, sprang into action around 12.35am when the message was flashed that two occupants of a Tata Safari were harassing a woman in Sector 26.punjab Updated: Aug 11, 2017 19:02 IST
Head constable Satish Kumar, in charge of the PCR vehicle and home guard volunteer Baisakhi Ram who drives PCR Echo-34, have emerged as the heroes in the Varnika Kundu stalking case.
They reached the housing board light point in time, and arrested Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP president Subash Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar accused of stalking Varnika Kundu, (29), a disc jockey and daughter of senior Haryana IAS officer.
Two PCR vehicles with the call signs “Echo-34” and “Amb-25” began the operation by driving towards Varnika from two directions soon after they received her call.
Echo-34, which was patrolling in Manimajra, sprang into action around 12.35am when the message was flashed that two occupants of a Tata Safari were harassing a woman in Sector 26 and were going towards the Housing Board light point.
Echo-34 intercepted the SUV and Satish, who was posted at the PCR wing about six months ago, says the accused tried to reverse but had to stop when they saw another police vehicle behind them. The first thing that Satish did was to take out the keys from the SUV. He recalls how this infuriated Ashish and Vikas. “They came out of the vehicle and tried to bully me,” Satish recounts.
“Ashish threatened us saying you don’t know who we are,” shares home guard volunteer Baisakhi Ram, who has been with the PCR wing for the last three years.
After nabbing the accused, Satish informed the Sector 26 police that they had impounded the SUV and nabbed the two. “Had the SUV not got stalled in traffic, they would have escaped. And had they entered Panchkula, it would have been impossible to arrest them,” says Satish. They too provided help in 10 minutes
He attended Varnika’s distress call in the Police Control Room. He told her to wait for help but when she informed him that the two men chasing her were trying to forcibly block her way and open her car’s door, Ajay advised her to keep moving. He flashed her details and location to his seniors.
Assistant Sub-Inspector Ishwar Singh and Constable Devinder
They were in PCR Amb-25 and had spotted Varnika being chased by the two men in a Tata Safari at the transport light point. Quick to react, they started chasing the Tata Safari.
Sub-Inspector Vijay Kumar
He was the night duty in charge at the Control Room and flashed the message to all the PCRs. The PCRs along the route Varnika was taking towards Panchkula, were immediately alerted and diverted towards Housing Board light point with instructions to help the woman, intercept the Tata Safari in which she was being chased and nab the two men stalking her.
First Published: Aug 11, 2017 19:02 IST