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‘My faith somewhat restored’: Varnika Kundu after arrest of Vikas Barala, friend

Varnika said that there was a lot more to look at since this was now not just her own fight alone, but a “fight for all the women out there against all the Vikas Barala’s in the country.”

punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2017 12:59 IST
Aneesha Bedi
Aneesha Bedi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Varnika Kundu,Vikas Barala,Subhash Barala
Chandigarh stalking victim Varnika Kundu at her residence in Panchkula.(Anil Dayal/HT)

Varnika Kundu, the city-based DJ who was stalked on Madhya Marg last week, welcomed the news of the arrest of the accused — Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party chief’s son Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar — on Wednesday, expressing relief, although her father still remained sceptic.

Watching her father, VS Kundu , a senior Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer, give a TV interview at their home in Panchkula, her expressions changed as soon as she received the news of Barala’s rearrest and addition of attempt to kidnap charge in the FIR.

“My faith in the system has been somewhat restored, after being shaken on hearing the news about the medical report,” she told HT.

HT had reported on Wednesday how the accused refused to give their blood and urine samples during their medical examination after being arrested on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, potentially weakening the case against them.

However, her father doesn’t want to jump to any conclusion.

“The arrest doesn’t mean anything at this point,” said VS Kundu. “First, the case has to reach its logical conclusion.”

Perturbed over the medical report issue, Kundu said he wasn’t sure “how much of what to trust any longer”, even though he said he wanted to stick to his earlier stand of staying away from the police investigation as much as possible.

“I was told by the investigating officer (IO) that the medical examination was conducted, and trusting him, I didn’t seek the report,” he said.

Kundu said first he was told the medical examination was conducted at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 16, while now he heard it took place at the Manimajra civil hospital. “I feel the distortion of facts started that night at 1:30am itself,” he said.

‘Have my team of lawyers ready’

On the way forward, Kundu said: “I’d like to hold on for a while. But I have my team of lawyers ready, and if things get more wayward from here, we’ll take the judicial route. I am prepared to do that.”

Admitting that he was still in “shock”, the IAS officer said it is for the higher officials concerned to take action against those buckling under any political pressure.

Meanwhile, responding to Subhash Barala’s statement that Varnika is like his daughter, the 29-year-old complainant said: “Well, then he should behave like one (father) and ensure we get justice.” Her father concurred.