The main accused in the Chandigarh stalking case, Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar were be produced at the Chandigarh court today, Thursday by police has denied all the charges leveled against him in interrogation. The police has sought 2-day custody of Barala.
The prime accused, Vikas Barala — son of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Subhash Barala — was arrested by the police on Wednesday after being interrogated at Sector 26 police station.
Refuting all the charges leveled by the victim, Barala said that he did not chase Varnika’s car. However, he admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol. ‘I had 2 beers,’ he said.
He further said that he was stopped by the police while he was on his was to ‘replace’ shoes and had not idea about the charges leveled by the police against him and his fiend.
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However, while talking to media, Vikas denied all the charges terming them ‘false’. He further added that he did not follow Varnika’s car.
On Wednesday, while addressing the media over the incident, DGP Chandigarh said that after a detailed interrogation of the two accused, the police has decided to add 2 more charges including an attempt to kidnap.
“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 also clarified that the police were under “no pressure” and the investigation is taking place in the most independent method possible.
The duo, Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar, were previously arrested on the night of August 4 for stalking and harassing Varnika Kundu (Daughter of IAS officer) for nearly 45 minutes.
However, the two were later released on bail as the police did not have enough evidence at that point.
Later, the CCTV footage procured by the police gave them enough evidence to summon the accused for further investigation.
The stalking incident was highlighted after people from all across the country came out in support of Varnika also various media houses campaigned for the stalker’s arrest.