CCTV footage of a white SUV racing behind Chandigarh DJ Varnika Kundu's black car confirms her account of being chased on the streets of Chandigarh and terrorized allegedly by the Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son. Police sources say the chase is recorded on CCTV cameras on the route and the footage establishes active pursuit. Vikas Barala who is 23 years old and his friend are accused by Varnika Kundu, the daughter of a Haryana bureaucrat, of stalking and trying to kidnap her. The police have rejected speculation that it is under pressure to engineer a cover-up for the BJP, which rules Haryana.
1. "Chandigarh police has retrieved footage of five CCTV cameras on the route capturing the chase of the victim's vehicle by the alleged vehicle," senior officer Satish Kumar told NDTV, denying Congress allegations of missing cameras.
2. In a Facebook post written by Varnika Kundu, a DJ, gone viral that the men blocked her way, banged on her windows and even tried to force the door open. Finally, a police patrol team came, responding to her SOS
3. The 29-year-old wrote that she felt "lucky, because I'm not lying raped and murdered in a ditch somewhere."
4. The charges against Vikas Barala and his friend were bailable so they were arrested but let off within hours.
5. The police are yet to add the charge of kidnapping, an offence that does not allow bail. Called it a "sensational case of stalking" and said: "We are investigating case with an open mind - if there is a section that needs to be added we shall add. Don't make this a media trial," by A senior Chandigarh police officer, Eish Sehgal.
6. Speaking to NDTV, Ms Kundu said after being caught, the two claimed "it was a mistake". She commented: "A mistake happens once...not for kilometres...Cops shouldn't have to come and stop you.
7. The BJP has rejected opposition calls for its Haryana chief's resignation. "The case has nothing to do with him," say party sources.
8. Mr Barala's deputy Ramveer Bhatti was skewered on social media for questioning why Ms Kundu was "allowed to stay out late". "Children’s care must be taken by their parents... they shouldn't allow them to roam at night. Children should come home on time, why stay out at night?" Mr Bhatti said.
9. "It is none of his business, it is my business and my family's what I do and where...If it wasn't for men like these, I wouldn't be unsafe going out... whether it was whatever time either 2 am or 4 am," Ms Kundu hit back.
10. The BJP MP from Chandigarh, Kiran Kher condemned her party colleague Mr Bhatti's comments and said: "There is no watering down of the case. The police will act and I have been assured that the CCTV footage will be safe."