CCTV footage nails Vikas, Ashish, duo caught purchasing alcohol before 'stalking' Varnika

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 11, 2017

In another damning evidence in the Chandigarh stalking case, a CCTV footage has been recovered of August 4th which clearly shows accused Vikas Barala purchasing alcohol before chasing down Varnika Kundu at midnight.

The footage shows Vikas and Ashish buying alcohol from a shop located in Chandigarh sector 9.

Earlier on Thursday, a Chandigarh court sent Barala and his friend to two-day police custody. Vikas and Ashish were earlier arrested on Saturday on the complaint of the victim, the daughter of an IAS officer, who accused them of chasing her auto and trying to kidnap her on Friday night. They were, however, granted bail on the same day. Director General of Police Chandigarh Tajender Singh Luthra had said that Vikas and his friend Ashish were slapped with charges of abduction.

Confronted with CCTV footage, Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP president Subash Barala, after admitting he was driving the vehicle, also accepted that he - along with Ashish Kumar - had consumed beer before hitting the road when Varnika Kundu was allegedly stalked.

Following this, a notice was issued to both the accused under 160 Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the case has been filed under Section 354D (stalking), 341 (wrongful restraint), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 185 MV Act (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs).

Other footage - apparently retrieved from Sector 8, a private school in Sector 26, and the Housing Board light point - reportedly show the vehicle of the accused chasing Varnika's auto.

The accused were summoned by the police on Wednesday as part of the investigation and arrested after interrogation.

However, police could not quantify the amount of liquor in their blood as the two had refused to give samples of blood and urine during the medical examination.

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