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Chandigarh stalking case: Court frames abduction charges against Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar

They were arrested on August 9 for attempting to abduct and chasing Varnika Kundu in an SUV.

A district court on Friday framed charges of abduction against Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar, accused of stalking and attempting to abduct Varnika Kundu, an IAS officer’s daughter in August, ANI reported.

Vikas Barala, the son of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party President Subhash Barala, and his friend Kumar were arrested on August 9 for allegedly stalking and trying to abduct Varnika Kundu on August 5.

The two had chased Kundu in an SUV while she was driving to Panchkula from Chandigarh. A medical examination had found both accused drunk at the time. Both of them have denied that they intended to abduct her.

On August 5, they were arrested but released on bail within hours as the police had charged them with stalking and wrongful restraint, which are both bailable offences. The police had not included the charge of attempt of abduction despite Kundu clearly mentioning it in her complaint. The police had said that they had sought legal opinion on the matter.

On August 29, the court had denied them bail in the case. In a chargesheet filed in September, the police had cited 48 witnesses, the Hindustan Times had reported.

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