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P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.7°C MIN 27.9°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.09 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.47 AM Police station turns fortress Relied on fresh proof to slap non-bailable charges, says DGP STALKING Tribune News Service Cops made to wait for over 3 hours, form human chain to provide safe passage to accused CASE Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 9 Close to 100 police personnel, including two DSPs and five inspectors, were stationed at the Sector 26 police station, turning it into a virtual fortress before the arrival of the accused in the stalking case. The police formed a human chain inside the police station to give a safe passage to the two accused. Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala, and his friend Ashish Kumar were arrested for stalking 29-year-old Varnika Kundu, daughter of an IAS officer. They were later released on bail since the offence was bailable. The UT police had pasted summons outside Vikas Barala’s house in Sector 7, instructing him to appear in the office of the Sector 26 SHO at 11 am. The summons had to be pasted after nobody received them. The police kept waiting for the accused at the Sector 26 police station. Supporters of the Congress reached outside the police station and started raising slogans against the police demanding arrest of the accused. TIMELINE ■ Night intervening August 4 & 5: Police personnel stand guard outside the Sector 26 police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Seeing the protesters outside the police station, additional police force was called to provide a safe passage to the accused. The police formed a human chain at the station to ensure nobody came in the way of the vehicle when both accused arrived. DSPs Satish Kumar and Pawan Kumar, along with inspectors Jaspal Singh, Harminderjeet Singh, Rajiv Kumar, Sher Singh and Poonam Dilawari, were present to oversee the entire exercise. The police kept waiting for the accused outside the police station amid heavy rain. It was only after making the police wait for three and a half hours that the two accused arrived in a white SUV. The duo was immediately taken inside the police station for interrogation. Soon, SSP Eish Singhal also reached the police station to interrogate the two. Later in the evening, DGP TS Luthra held a press conference to brief about the arrest of the two accused. The accused were taken for a medical examination late in the evening. Victim stalked by the accused in their SUV while she was returning home. ■ August 5 – Both accused booked under bailable offence and let off after a few hours. ■ August 6 – Victim called to the police station to give details about the incident. ■ August 7 – Police collect CCTV footage from various points. ■ August 7 – Protests witnessed in the city accusing police of botched-up investigation. ■ August 9 – Accused summoned for interrogation and later arrested. Duo appeared only Congress, AAP workers protest after police moved application in court Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 9 It was only after the UT police moved a plea for procuring search and arrest warrants from a local court today that the two accused appeared before the investigating team at the Sector 26 police station. Fearing forced arrest, accused Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar decided to reach the police station after the police moved the plea around noon at the local court. The police procured warrants from the court around 4.30 pm. During this time, the accused appeared before the police and after adding the additional Sections to the FIR, they were arrested. Workers of the Congress and AAP staged a protest outside the Sector 26 police station when the accused were brought for questioning. Former Mayor Kamlesh, Yadvindra Mehta and other workers of the Congress raised slogans against the accused and BJP leaders, demanding that strict action be taken in the matter. The police had summoned the duo at 11 am. However, the duo kept the police waiting for three and a half hours and only appeared after the police had moved the plea for obtaining warrants from the court to nab them. << AAP workers raise slogans against the accused at the Sector 26 police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Security cordon outside court After their arrest, the duo was expected to be presented before the duty magistrate at the District Courts complex around 5 pm. This led to huge security arrangements outside the court. The duty magistrate stayed put even after 5 pm. Around 5.30 pm, when the court got the information that the accused would be presented tomorrow, the security started leaving and the court staff also left. Police should work without pressure: Bansal Congress leader and former Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said the police should steer clear of any political or administrative pressure and act independently in the stalking case. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Chandigarh, August 9 It was not just the legal opinion that forced the police to add non-bailable charges in the stalking case. The police claimed new evidence had come to the fore, which pointed towards an abduction bid. Questioned about the reasons behind adding the nonbailable charges in the case, UT DGP TS Luthra said the pressing of new charges and arrest of the accused were based on many facts that had come to light in addition to the legal opinion. “We reconstructed the scene of crime. We have also reconstructed the route of chase after which many new facts and new evidence have emerged,” Luthra claimed. Sidelights ■ Accused arrived in a white SUV having a flag rod. ■ Instead of taking the accused for a medical examination in a PCR vehicle, the police used an Innova (government vehicle) of a police officer. ■ Photojournalists and cameramen were restricted from moving around the police station before the arrival of the accused. He said new evidence in the form of CCTV footage and statements of eyewitnesses had emerged. Asked how many witnesses the police had come across, the DGP said he would refrain from divulging the information as it could hamper the investigation. Accused refused to give blood samples Police didn’t insist on it, claims doctor Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 9 In a shocking development in the high-profile stalking case, it has come to light that accused Vikas Barala refused to give blood and urine samples for examination. Interestingly, the head constable and the doctor concerned stated in their report that the 23-year-old son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala was drunk. The application for the medical examination, a copy of which is with The Tribune, stated that the accused was taken to the Civil Hospital in Mani Majra for a medical examination on August 5 at 2.20 am. The application, written by Head Constable Dinesh Kumar and referred to the doctor on duty at the Civil Hospital, Mani Majra, reads, “Vikas, son of Subhash of village and post office (VPO) Bidhai Khera, tehsil Tohana, district Fatehabad, Haryana, aged 23 years, was stopped for creating a ruckus after consuming liquor. It is requested to conduct a medical examination to ascertain whether the person was under intoxication.” The doctor on duty, Dr Harjot Singh, stated, “Breath smell of alcohol present. No marks of external injury seen at the time of examination. Blood and urine samples refused.” The refusal to give the urine and blood samples is likely to play a crucial role in the case, say legal experts. Vikas was drunk: Doctor It has come to light that the police did not insist on taking the urine and blood samples of the accused. They did not press the emergency medical officer (EMO) of the Civil Hospital in Mani Majra to conduct the blood and urine tests of Vikas Barala (23) and Ashish Kumar (27) for stalking DJ Varnika Kundu, daughter of a senior IAS officer posted in Haryana. Continued on page 6 A huge first step: Varnika UT stops payment to firm NON-FUNCTIONAL CCTV CAMERAS Chandigarh, August 9 “If we continue this movement, cases like these will get a lot rarer,” said Varnika Kundu after the arrest of Haryana BJP chief’s son Vikas and his friend for allegedly stalking her. Elated at the wide support she received, Varnika, daughter of a senior IAS officer, thanked everyone and termed the arrests a “great development”. “It is a great development in the case. I wouldn’t say we have won. It is just the beginning. It is the first step. But it is a huge first step. My faith has been restored. I had started sort of getting a little shaken but this is great, great news,” the 29-year-old said. Her father Virender Kundu said his demand was that the accused should be punished appropriately. “Whether he is arrested or not is really not of a great concern to me. My intention is not to get him arrested, my demand is that he be punished appropriately...,” the seior IAS officer said. — PTI Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 9 The UT Electricity Department has stopped payment to the company, Schneider Electric India Private Limited, which failed to maintain CCTV cameras properly. The UT has also decided to impose penalty on it for violating the terms and conditions of the agreement. The UT had allotted the contract to the Mumbaibased company for maintaining the CCTV cameras in 2009 for 10 years. The UT is paying Rs 16 lakh to the company yearly for its maintenance. The company faced the ire of the Administration after it was found that no cameras were functioning on the stretch from Sector 26 to Housing Board Chowk when Vikas Barala and his friend allegedly stalked the daughter of a senior IAS officer. Swine flu claims tabla Boost for IT as work on QuarkCity Business Centre takes off Scholarships in memory of Rajmata instructor’s life Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 9 A tabla instructor at Government Model High School, Sector 34, has become the latest victim of swine flu. The 47-year-old victim, Salil Kumar, was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Dera Bassi after he tested positive for swine flu. According to Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, nodal officer of the UT Heath Department, the victim was on ventilator since August 6. The patient was also suffering from an underlying kidney ailment. Dr Aggarwal said the victim had no travel history. He said the family members, including his wife, daughter and son, and other people who came in contact with him Continued on page 6 The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, with the chairman of QuarkCity, Fred Ebrahimi, during a function in the Industrial Area, Phase VIII, in Mohali on Wednesday. VICKY GHARU c m y b Mohali, August 9 The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today kickstarted work on QuarkCity Business Centre, a Rs 100crore project, at the Industrial Area, Phase VIII, here today. “The upcoming business centre is the state’s first and only operational SEZ for the IT and ITES sectors and has not only created highly paid professional jobs, but also jobs in construction, engineering, QuarkCity announced 1,000 scholarships in memory of the late Rajmata Mohinder Kaur in addition to 1,000 subsidised housing units for economically weaker sections of Punjab. The announcements were made by chairman Fred Ebrahimi during a function on Wednesday. design and building support services,” said the Chief Minister while addressing a gathering at the function. Hoping that the project would lead to the emergence of Punjab as one of northern India’s major IT hubs, Capt Amarinder Singh said his government was committed to boosting the industry and generating jobs in the state. Earlier, expressing his gratitude to QuarkCity chairman Fred Ebrahimi for taking keen interest in setting up the project, which would primarily cater to the continued demand for high-quality office infrastructure, Capt Amarinder Singh said the company had already generated 50,000 jobs here and had promised to generate 25,000 more. Criticising the former Badal regime for “ruining” the industry in the state, Capt Amarinder Singh said he would bring the beleaguered industry in the state back on Continued on page 6
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