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Haryana Girl Stalking Case: Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar appear before police, being interrogated
Posted on 9th August 2017
Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief on Wednesday appeared before police in Chandigarh after being summoned in the stalking case.

Varnika Kundu, a daughter of a bureaucrat, had called up the police on Friday night complaining that two youth were chasing her along a stretch of over five km here.

Following which, Subhash Barala's son Vikas (23) and Ashish Kumar (27) were arrested. However, both were released later on bail as they were booked under bailable sections of the IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act.

The second accused also joined the investigations in stalking case, both are being interrogated, said Chandigarh Police DGP Tejinder Singh Luthra.

Addressing a press conference this morning, police said that CCTV footage from different places of the Friday night incident indicated that the accused were chasing the girl.

The DGP said Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar (27), who were earlier arrested and granted bail, had refused to give blood and urine samples for medical examination which could go against them during prosecution.

With the Chandigarh Police facing questions over its handling of the case, Luthra stressed they will do "everything under the sun" to ensure the 29-year-old complainant gets justice.

On Tuesday, Vikas's father and Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala said that Varnika is like his daughter and there is no pressure to influence the investigation.

The victim had expressed her anguish in a social media post saying she was lucky not to be the daughter of a commoner or else who knows what her fate could be.

"There were two guys inside the SUV, and they seemed to really be enjoying harassing a lone girl in the middle of the night, judging by how often their car swerved, just enough to scare me that it might hit me," she said in a Facebook post. "I'm lucky, it seems, to not be the daughter of a common man, because what chance would they have against such VIPs? I'm also lucky, because I'm not lying raped and murdered in a ditch somewhere. If this can happen in Chandigarh, it can happen anywhere," she said in a Facebook post.

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