Vikas Barala, son of Haryana Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Subhash Barala and the prime accused in the Chandigarh stalking case was arrested by police on Wednesday, hours after he was summoned at Sector 26 police station for interrogation and further investigation.
The police also arrested co-accused Ashish Kumar who was present with Vikas inside the car when they allegedly stalked the girl on August 5.
Addressing a press conference, DGP Chandigarh said that after a detailed interrogation of the two accused, the police has decided to add two more charges including attempt to kidnap to the complaint.
“Attempt of abduction, two sections 365 and 511 has been added. Have decided to arrest both accused, will be produced before the court tomorrow,” he said.
The DGP further said that both Vikas and Ashish will be produced to the court on Thursday. He also clarified that the police were under “no pressure” and the investigation is taking place in the most independent method possible.
The arrest comes hours after Subhash Barala buckling to media pressure, said that Vikas who earlier went missing after the incident and did not show up after being summoned by the police was on his way to Chandigarh and assured complete support to the authorities during the investigation.
“Vikas has left for Chandigarh to join the probe, he will fully cooperate; we respect the law, Vikas has cooperated in the probe earlier as well,” he said.
Both Vikas and co-accused Ashish Kumar informed the police that since they were out of the town, it would not be possible for them to meet the deadline of 11 AM given to both of them.
The duo was arrested on Friday night for stalking and harassing Varnika Kundu, the daughter of a senior Haryana IAS officer.
The accused thought were bailed shortly after the arrest, later CCTV footage verified by the police confirmed their crime, giving Chandigarh Police enough evidence to summon Barala for further interrogation. The police in the summon letter also mentioned the deadline of 11 AM which had to be strictly adhered to.
Allegations on BJP backing the accused has been surfacing as Subhash Barala, father of Vikas are the chief of BJP Haryana. The case has garnered overwhelming support from people all around the country, with various media houses campaigning for the stalker son’s arrest.
The VVIP son and his friend had earlier refused to give their blood and urine samples during the investigation after their detention. According to the reports, they were both absolutely drunk when detained on Friday night.
Chandigarh Police had been under the scanner for the biased handling of the case but with emerging pieces of evidence and support, the police have now shown progress in the investigation.