No political pressure on us: Chandigarh Police
Two days after a woman was chased on the streets of Chandigarh, tailgated and almost kidnapped allegedly by the Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son, the party has dismissed calls for the veteran's sacking. 23-year-old son Vikas Barala and his friend are accused by Varnika Kundu, the daughter of a Haryana bureaucrat, of stalking and terrorizing her in a frightening account posted on Facebook.
The two alleged stalkers were out on bail within hours of their arrest because the charges against them were bailable. Vital evidence against them is in doubt as five of seven CCTV cameras on the road are missing.
Senior BJP leader Anil Jain, in charge of the party's Haryana affairs, on Tuesday ruled out the resignation of its state unit chief Subhash Barala .
Jain's statement ruling out Barala's resignation comes a day after Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also said that the BJP state unit chief had "nothing to do with the incident".
Varnika Kundu, a DJ, wrote in her Facebook post that the men blocked her way, banged on her windows and even tried to force the door open.
The police are yet to add the charge of kidnapping, an offence that does not allow bail.
The Chandigarh Police on Monday said it will not hesitate to add non-bailable provisions in the case of a woman who was allegedly stalked by a BJP leader's son here if the legal opinion is in its favour.
Senior Superintendent of Police Eish Singhal said they were investigating the matter with an "open mind" and were taking legal opinion on several issues pertaining to the case.
He rejected the claims that the force was under any kind of pressure.
Barala's deputy Ramveer Bhatti was trolled on social media for questioning why Kundu was "allowed to stay out late".
"It is none of his business, it is my business and my family's what I do and where...," Varnika retorted.
The woman's father, Virender Kundu, on Monday said he would not "back out or stand down, irrespective of hardships or pressures". He took to social media to seek "maximum punishment" for the accused, adding that he will move court if charges against the duo were "diluted".
The comments were also denounced by the opposition Congress. The party says five of seven CCTV cameras on the road where Kundu was chased are missing, which indicates an attempt to destroy evidence.
Kirron Kher, the BJP MP from Chandigarh, hit out at her party colleague Bhatti's comments and said: "There is no watering down of the case. I have been assured that the CCTV footage will be safe and the police will act."