11082017-CT-01.qxd 8/11/2017 12:59 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 11 AUGUST 2017 | CHANDIGARH Prof Yashpal remembered Nobody’s baby Harnoor enters final Former vice-chancellors of Panjab University, colleagues pay their respects to Prof Yashpal. P2 Mohali’s new sectors — 66 to 69 — are no one’s baby when it comes to maintenance. P5 Harnoor Kaur seals a spot in the girls’ U-16 final in tennis tournament. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.7°C MIN 27.6°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.08 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.48 AM 2-day police remand for duo STALKING CASE Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 10 A local court today remanded Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala and the latter’s friend Ashish Kumar in two-day police custody in the stalking and attempt-toabduction case. The victim, Varnika Kundu, is the daughter of an IAS officer. Pleading for two-day remand, the public prosecutor told the court that the police needed to reconstruct the crime scene and find the motive behind stalking and attempt to abduct the 29-year-old disc jockey. The police also wanted to unearth “how the accused came to know the victim”, what was their intention behind committing the crime and whether they had any criminal background. Opposing the remand, defence counsel Surya Prakash contended that the accused were not following the girl. “No more interrogation is required as the accused were there with the police for the past four days whenever they asked them to join investigation. It is a media trial and the case has been hyped. The police are acting under pressure. No weapon has to be recovered from them.” Civil Judge Barjinder Pal Singh, meanwhile, asked them to wait. He went inside his room twice. Thereafter, after studying the case reports, he granted two-day remand to the police. The accused were rearrested and charged with attempt to abduction on Wednesday after the local police were criticised for applying only bailable Sections in the FIR. The duo was booked under Sections 354-D (stalking) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the IPC and 185 (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs) of the Motor Vehicles Act on August 5 and was granted bail. After much hue and dry, the police yesterday re-arrested and added Sections 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to confine a person) and Section 511 (attempt to commit an offence punishable with life imprisonment) of the IPC. Meanwhile, reacting to the development, victim’s father Virender Kundu said, “The law is taking its course. the matter is sub judice.” No pressure on cops: Kirron Kirron Kher, city MP, said there was no political pressure on the police in the stalking case. She refuted the charges of Congress leaders and said the police did a commendable job and suitable Sections were slapped against the accused after a thorough investigation. Lawyer for CBI probe, moves High Court Deny charges, but admit SUV in footage theirs Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Accused Vikas Barala (left) and Ashish Kumar being taken to the District Courts in Sector 43, Chandigarh, from the Sector 26 police station on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS SEE ALSO PAGE3 Faces covered, they appeared nervous Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 10 Hiding their face, the two accused entered the courtroom amid tight security arrangements. Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala kept his face covered with a handkerchief even inside the courtroom. The only time he removed his handkerchief was when the Judge asked him about his name and address. His friend Ashish Kumar, too, kept his face covered with his hands inside the courtroom. While being escorted out of the courtroom, the two did not interact with the media. The youths appeared tense and nervous in the courtroom. The District Courts in Sector 43, Chandigarh, were abuzz with activity since morning. Electronic media vans were seen stationed outside the court complex since 8.30 am. Around 2.20 pm, the police brought the two accused to the court complex. In an attempt to give mediapersons the slip, the police took the entrance gate where hardly any journalist was present. The mediapersons kept waiting for the accused at the other gate where there was a huge security cordon. The security scenario can be gauged from the fact that three DSPs — Deepak Yadav, Kewal Krishan and Satish Kumar — and four inspectors, besides other policemen were present when the accused were produced before the court. The courtroom was jampacked with advocates, mediapersons and others. Chandigarh, August 10 The stalking case has reached the Punjab and Haryana High Court with an advocate filing a petition in public interest for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the controversy. In his petition, human rights activist and lawyer Ranjan Lakhanpal has asserted that political interference in the matter was writ large. In the given circumstances, justice could not be done. “There is a crisis of faith in the system,” Lakhanpal said. He said the investigation into the case was improper, evident from the manner in which the whole probe was carried out, the way the accused were treated and the manner in which the offences were diluted and added later on. Lakhanpal claimed that there were 25 CCTV cameras on the route where the victim was stopped. “Strangely, all CCTV cameras installed by the police were not in a working condition. This speaks volume of the inefficiency of the police,” the human rights activist said. The public interest litigation (PIL) is expected to come up for hearing on August 16. Chandigarh, August 10 Vikas Barala (23), son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, and his friend Ashish Kumar (27), who were arrested for a bid to abduct 29-yearold Varnika Kundu, denied the charges during interrogation. However, they admitted that it was their SUV after the police confronted them with CCTV footage. The two were arrested on the night intervening August 4 and 5 after they allegedly chased and tried to block the victim’s car with their SUV while she was heading home. Despite the victim’s statement to the police that an abduction attempt was made, the two were subsequently released on bail as they were charged under a bailable offence. Later, the abduction bid charge was added to the case following which they were arrested. Sources said during interrogation, the police confronted the two by showing them the CCTV footage gathered from various places, including a liquor shop from where they purchased a bottle of beer. The sources said the accused admitted that the vehicle in the CCTV footage was theirs. However, they denied the allegations. The footage of the liquor shop shows one of the accused walking out with a Cops reconstruct crime route along with Vikas ■ Sources said on Thursday night, a team of the UT police reconstructed the route on which the stalking incident took place. Vikas Barala was accompanying the police. The sources said the police and the accused stopped at the Sector 7 market. Barala was made to show the place where they had parked the SUV to drink beer. The accused was then taken on the route on which the victim was stalked. ■ Earlier, the police had reconstructed the route along with the complainant. Sidelights ■ DGP TS Luthra visited the Sector 26 police station on Wednesday night to take stock of the investigation. ■ Varnika’s father Virender Kundu on Thursday visited the Sector 26 police station and met SSP Eish Singhal. ■ The police did not allow journalists to enter the police station. They were stopped at the main gate. . beer bottle around 11.20 pm on August 4. The police also have footage of the Sector 7 market where the accused parked their vehicle and had beer. It was from the Sector 7 market that the accused started stalking the victim till the Housing Board light point. Accused spend night in lock-up Martial arts came in handy for Varnika: Father Tribune News Service All four members of Kundu family black belt in choi kwang do Chandigarh, August 10 The two accused were made to sleep in the lock-up of the Sector 26 police station on Wednesday night. Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar were taken for a medical examination from the police station after their arrest in the evening. Sources said on their return, the accused were interrogated and then made to sleep in the lock-up. They were provided with two blankets at night. Security was stepped up outside the police station. The accused were brought out of the police station in the afternoon today and taken to the court. Sources said the police station staff were instructed not to click the pictures of the accused. Rajinder Nagarkoti Tips for girls Tribune News Service Panchkula, August 10 “Martial arts training gave confidence to Varnika to tackle the situation with her presence of mind,” says stalking victim Varnika’s father VS Kundu, a senior IAS officer of the Haryana cadre. Kundu, a second-degree black belt holder, says Varnika is a first-degree black belt holder in choi kwang do. Kundu’s wife Sucheta and their two daughters — Varnika and Satvika — all are first-degree black belt holders in choi kwang do. Kundu’s message is that people should train their children, especially girls, ■ Girls should hit first, and hit hard ■ Hit the attacker on the nose, eye or on the neck, and with full force ■ Use your kick or knee, and hit in the groin area of the attacker ■ Use your vehicle key to hit the attacker on the face Family shows the way Martial arts coach Bikram Singh Thapa says Kundu’s is the first family in the region all members of which have been awarded a black belt. How it all started Varnika shows her skills in martial arts. A FILE PHOTO in martial arts as it gives them confidence to handle such situations. Varnika’s coach Bikram Initially, Kundu’s younger daughter Satvika joined the martial arts classes. Later, seeing Satvika practise, all family members joined the classes. Mother Sucheta also taught martial arts to destitute children at Bal Niketan, Sector 2, and Bal Sadan, Sector 12-A, in Panchkula. VS Kundu is now the president of the Choi Kwang Do Federation of India whereas Bikram Thapa is the general secretary. Thapa, a sixth-degree black belt holder who runs an academy in Sector 16, Panchkula, says Varnika is like his daughter and he is happy that she is safe. Thapa says the way continued on P5 A file photo of the Kundus in their martial arts attire. Chlorine leak in P’kula lands 45 in hospital Cylinder was installed at HUDA tubewell in Sector 20 Ashiana flats; DC marks probe Tribune News Service Affected residents under treatment at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, on Thursday; and (right) wilted leaves near the spot. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: NITIN MITTAL ANOTHER PHOTO ON PAGE 5 Panchkula, August 10 Panic spread when a dysfunctional chlorine cylinder, installed at a tubewell at the Sector 20 Ashiana flats, started leaking early this morning. Forty-five persons, including three fire brigade employees, were affected and taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6. Six of them were referred to the PGI. The tubewell is run by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). c m y b Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Gauri Parashar Joshi has marked an inquiry into the incident. The incident came to light at 5 am when the operator, San- jivan, reached the tubewell and suddenly felt uncomfortable due to the chlorine leak. He somehow managed to reach his flat at Ashiana and informed his seniors. His brother Ram Chander said all of a sudden, nearby residents also started complaining of vomiting and itching. Rajman, another resident, said people starting having breathing problems and some even fell unconscious. Society residents took the affected to the hospital and nearby residents vacated the area, he said. People informed the fire brigade about the incident. Fire engines reached the site at 6.30 am and started controlling the gas leak by using water. However, in the process, three firefighters also felt uncomfortable and had to be taken to the hospital. The firefighters took away the cylinder to an isolated place. Later, an ambulance and officials of the district administration and HUDA also reached the spot and helped the people. Cylinder was lying unused for four years Sources said the cylinder was kept in a caged box, but was not used during the past four years. The effect of the gas leak was so strong that even leaves of trees got damaged. Entire family affected Vimal Kumar, who resides in House No. 232 at the Ashiana flats, said all five family members, including three children, got affected and were undergoing treatment at the Panchkula hospital.
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