Recovered CCTV footage will further strengthen my case: Varnika Kundu

Aug 09, 2017, 08:39 IST | Agencies

It was earlier deemed unavailable; it is of the route where the victim was allegedly stalked

Subhash BaralaSubhash Barala (centre), finally broke his silence over his son, and said he is not using his political influence in the investigation

With the CCTV footage being recovered from the infamous incident involving the stalking and harassing of Chandigarh's Varnika Kundu, the latter revealed that the recovered footage would further strengthen her case.

On August 5, Vikas Barala, son of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Haryana unit President Subhash Barala, was arrested on the charges of stalking and harassing the IAS officer's daughter in Chandigarh. He was, however, granted bail on the same day.

An overwhelmed Varnika, who refused to succumb to the pressure of opposing the accused belonging to politically-inclined background, said she was ready to fight the battle alone.

The footage of a white SUV racing behind Varnika Kundu's black car
The footage of a white SUV racing behind Varnika Kundu's black car

'Fight for justice'
"Initially, when I decided to raise my concern about the incident, it was just me and my family. When I first voiced my opinion, I was overwhelmed by the support that I got.

This goes to show that no matter what family background you belong to, the nation will stand by you if you decide to fight for justice.

Along with this, the recovery of the CCTV footage from that night will further strengthen my stand, and give me the thrust to fight stronger," she said.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that the CCTV footage, earlier deemed unavailable, was recovered yesterday.

Chandigarh Police has retrieved footage of 5 CCTV cameras on the route capturing the chase of the victim's vehicle, a police official said.

"I'm lucky, it seems, to not be the daughter of a common man, because what chance would they have against such VIPs? I'm also lucky, because I'm not lying raped and murdered in a ditch somewhere," Varnika had written in a Facebook post.

'Varnika like my daughter'
Meanwhile, Subhash Barala, finally broke his silence over his son and asserted that he is not using his political influence to pressure the investigation.

"Investigation is on in the Varnika Kundu case.

Whatever action is required, will be taken against Vikas in this case. BJP bats for daughters' freedom and Varnika Kundu is like my daughter.

Neither I nor BJP is pressuring anyone in this matter," he said.


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