Haryana state BJP chief and a powerful Jat leader Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar were arrested on Saturday after stalking the daughter of a senior IAS officer. The bureaucrat’s daughter accused them of stalking, wrongful restraint and drunken driving.
Bureaucrat father and his daughter who is a Disc Jockey and 29, both shared her “traumatic” experience on their Facebook accounts. In his Facebook post, the officer expressed the apprehension that the accused may go unpunished as they were from influential families, and hoped this would not happen.
According to the post of the woman, Vikas and Ashish followed her around for nearly 30 minutes as she drove home around midnight Friday, blocked her car repeatedly and tried to open her door. She wrote that she was alone in the car, driving from Sector 8 in Chandigarh to her home in Sector 6 Panchkula.
According to the FIR lodged by the disc jockey, Vikas and Ashish spotted the woman near a fuel station and started following her. She was allegedly chased for nearly 7 km before police, reacting to a call made by her, caught the two. On medical examination, both were reportedly found to be drunk.
Both were freed hours after they were arrested as the Chandigarh police charged them with bailable offences, under the IPC and Motor Vehicles Act.
DSP Satish Kumar quoted saying by different newspapers and channels that, “The accused had purchased two cans of beer and had it while driving the Safari that belongs to Vikas’s relative. They kept following the woman and blocked her way several times. The woman called the Police Control Room at about 12.35 am and within 10 minutes, the accused were caught. Later, after receiving a formal complaint, we registered a criminal case against both of them and arrested them. Since the charges against them were bailable, both were released on bail.”
A Facebook user Naresh K. Moorjani said, “Nothing will happen…its BJP.. So the honest cops will be punished and the gal and her family threatened…”
Another user also shown his reaction on Facebook, “This is the fault of the alcohol, the vendor, manufacturer & most importantly the woman to be born a woman. Definitely Vikas or Ashish is not to be blamed for this, after all Vikas is a BJP state president son & Ashish is his friend.”
The question comes in mind is that what if the police had not acted in time.