Vikas Barala, the main accused in the Chandigarh stalking case has been summoned by the city police for interrogation and further investigation at 11AM on Wednesday.
Barala who was arrested for stalking and harassing Varnika Kundu, the daughter of a senior Haryana IAS officer is the son of Subhash Barala, the BJP head of Haryana unit. He was arrested by the police on Friday night for allegedly stalking and chasing Kundu on the streets of Chandigarh but was later released on bail.
Vikas had initially refused to accept the summons after which the Chandigarh Police decided to paste the summon letter outside the BJP leader’s residence. The summon letter which can be seen pasted on the wall of the the accused house in Chandigarh sector 7 says “Vikas Barala S/o Sh Subhash Barala R/o H No.74, Sector 07, Chandigarh is hereby directed to appear in the office of the undersigned in connection with the investigation of the above mentioned (stalking) case on 9.8.17 at 11AM sharp in police station, Sector-26, Chandigarh.”
According to sources Barala’s friend Ashish Kumar the other accused has also been called by the police. The two have been given an 11AM deadline by the police to respond.
Chandigarh: Police summons Haryana BJP President's son Vikas Barala at 11 am today, in stalking case pic.twitter.com/tVtTESfAor
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Earlier the father of the accused and the Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala had said that there is no political interference or pressure from his side on the police investigation.
“BJP has always been a women supporting party and Varnika is like my own daughter”, he mentioned.
The woman was driving back home when she was allegedly followed and harassed by Vikas and his friend Kumar, later she took to Facebook to reveal about the chilling incident. She also filed a complaint with the Chandigarh Police against the two accused.
BJP has continuously been blamed for covering up the case and creating political pressure on the police. The incident has caused massive outrage on social media with people from around the country coming in support of Varnika.