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Chandigarh stalking: Top cops avoid media, offer ‘chai paani’ but not answers

“We are investigating the matter with an open mind,” was the reply of Eish Singhal, superintendent of police holding charge of SSP, Chandigarh, before he left the media interaction.

punjab Updated: Aug 08, 2017 08:14 IST
Shailee Dogra
Eish Singhal, SP holding charge as SSP of Chandigarh, addressing the media at the UT police headquarters in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Monday, August 7.
Eish Singhal, SP holding charge as SSP of Chandigarh, addressing the media at the UT police headquarters in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Monday, August 7. (HT Photo)

With no concrete answers even on Monday, all that the Chandigarh police are offered at thei headquarters was “chai paani” to journalists who asked why the charge of attempted kidnap was not invoked against Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala, accused of stalking an IAS officer’s daughter Varnika Kundu (29) on Friday night.

“We are investigating the matter with an open mind,” was the reply of Eish Singhal, superintendent of police holding charge of SSP, Chandigarh, before he left the media interaction.

UT police department’s public relations officer, Ram Dayal, stepped in when a meeting with DIG Om Prakash Mishra was sought by the media, offering “chai paani”. He said, “DIG saab will talk to media on Tuesday at 4 pm. You people can have chai paani (snacks).”

Not just the DIG, even DGP Tajender Singh Luthra, the top officer, evaded thje media and left his office soon after journalists sought a meeting with him expressing “dissatisfaction” at the reply of the SSP on the investigations of the case so far.

Even though the police claimed that there is no pressure on them to water down the case, the media was not allowed to enter the police headquarters beyond the press room near the entrance. A policeman was deployed at the entrance who asked journalists not to go beyond the room. It was only they insisted that the scribes managed to enter, only to find the officers “unavailable”.