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Chandigarh stalking incident: Father Subhas Barala says Vikas not connected with BJP

As stalking accused Vikas Barala arrived for investigation at Sector 26 police station of Chandigarh on Tuesday, his father Haryana BJP chief Subhas Barala and party spokesperson Jawahar Yadav conducted a press conference to distance themselves from the incident. Vikas was soon arrested by the police.

File image of Vikas Barala. News18

File image of Vikas Barala. News18

"BJP is not connected to Vikas and I am speaking on behalf of the party. In reality, if anyone is playing with victim Varnika Kundu's emotions, it is the Congress and Opposition parties. Don't politicise the issue," said Yadav.

Meanwhile, according to CNN-News18, Vikas was issued summons by the police at 11 am but he did not turn up and the police have been waiting for him.

Subhas Barala also distanced himself from the issue and said, "I have informed my son Vikas that the police had called him for investigation and he needs to come. None of us is politicising the issue and if my son is accused on the basis of investigation and Varnika's statements, he will receive the punishment he deserves." However, in the middle of the press conference, he received a call from his son Vikas who informed that he would be at the police station in 15 minutes.

On Wednesday morning, in a recent development to the Chandigarh stalking incident, DGP Tajender Singh Luthra confirmed that the police have sufficient evidence to probe the case and that the accused is expected to show up at the police station as asked. The DGP had told CNN-News18, "I am a positive man. I hope for the best. If they do not come, the next logical step of the investigation shall be taken."

There are unconfirmed reports of raids being conducted at the Barala farmhouse in Tohana, India Today reported.

On 4 August, 29-year-old Varnika, daughter of an IAS officer, called up the police complaining that two men were chasing her in a car along a stretch in Chandigarh.

Both Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar were arrested on Saturday but were released on bail within the next few hours. The police booked the two on bailable charges: Section 354 D (Stalking) of IPC, 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act (Driving under influence), Section 341 (Wrongful restraint). Chandigarh Police received a lot of flak for going easy on the political leader's son and now they are taking additional measures to prove otherwise.

Updated Date: Aug 09, 2017 16:30 PM

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