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Chandigarh stalking: Did police reconstruct crime scene without accused?




Chandigarh, Aug 8: While the stalking of a senior IAS officer’s daughter by the son of Haryana BJP President Subhash Barala has made national headlines, the Chandigarh Police has no idea about the whereabouts of the accused, police sources said on Tuesday.

The Chandigarh Police, which has been accused of being biased towards Vikas Barala, claimed on Monday that it had reconstructed the crime scene of the incident. Was the crime scene reconstructed without calling the accused?

Chandigarh Police officials are silent when asked why the accused has not been called for the crime scene reconstruction.

The police have also failed to call the accused and his accomplice Ashish Kumar, both of whom are out on bail, for further investigation though the incident happened four days back.

The Tata Safari Storm SUV of the accused is parked at the Sector 26 police station here. It has been examined by forensic experts.

“We have reconstructed the scene of the crime. We are trying to get the CCTV footage and getting its technical analysis done,” Chandigarh’s Senior Superintendent of Police Eish Singhal told the media on Monday evening.

Singhal refused to share details of the probe and instead blamed the media for conducting a “media trial”.

Police sources said that CCTV footage from privately installed cameras had been procured and was being examined.

The footage shows Barala’s SUV chasing the car driven by the victim. Earlier, the police said there was no CCTV footage of the incident.

Under criticism over its flip-flop, the Chandigarh Police on Monday said it was investigating the case with an “open mind” and more sections could be “added at a later stage” if required.

Singhal claimed that the “incident was being investigated thoroughly and legal opinion was being taken in the matter”.

“We are investigating the case with an open mind. If any section (of IPC) has to be added at a later stage, we will do it,” he said, while trying to evade direct questions on the role of the Chandigarh Police in trying to shield the main accused.

Chandigarh Police on Saturday booked and arrested Vikas Barala and his friend, both of whom were drunk, on the milder charge of stalking the young woman after they chased her car on their SUV. Both were bailed out within hours of the complaint.

The victim alleged that the youths tried to intimidate her and abduct her.



Six dead in road accidents in Odisha



Road Accident

Bhubaneswar, Jan 22: At least six persons were killed and four others injured in two separate road accidents in Odisha on Monday.

A deadly head-on collision between a truck and an auto-rickshaw on new Jagannath Sadak in Satyabadi area of Puri district claimed five lives and left three others injured on Sunday night, said police on Monday.

Satyabadi Inspector-in-Charge Krushna Chandra Sethy said the deceased and the injured have been identified as the residents of Andalsingha village.

Eight persons were returning after attending a funeral at Swargadwar in Puri when the auto they were travelling in was hit by a truck, said police.

While four died on the spot, one succumbed to his injury at Puri District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).

The condition of the injured was stated to be critical.

In another road accident, a person died and his wife sustained critical injuries after being hit by an unidentified vehicle at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

The deceased was identified as Dambarudhar Behera, 50. His wife has been admitted to Capital Hospital here.


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Uttar Pradesh: Dense fog causes bus-truck collision, 36 injured



Lucknow, Jan 22: Three dozen passengers, travelling on a Uttar Pradesh roadways bus, were injured on Monday after the vehicle was hit by a speeding truck due to low visibility, police said.

The head-on collision took place near the Charpaan turn near Belipaar on the Gorakhpur-Varanasi highway.

The impact was so severe that the bus was badly damaged. A police officer said fog and poor visibility led to the accident.

The injured included 33 passengers from the bus, the bus driver, truck driver and a cleaner of the truck. Condition of two persons were serious.

The injured were admitted to the district hospital while the serious ones were rushed to the the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.

The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus belonged to the Allahabad Depot. It was on its way to Gorakhpur when the accident occurred.

While the weather has cleared in most parts, fog and poor visibility continues in eastern parts of the state, especially on the national highways leading to such accidents.


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CISF recovers 20 live cartridges from woman at Adarsh ​​Nagar Metro Station



New Delhi, Jan 22: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel on Monday seized twenty  live cartridges from a woman at Adarsh Nagar metro station in the national capital during security checking.

The Adarsh Nagar metro station is located on the Yellow Line stretch of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), runs from Samaypur Badli to Huda city centre in Gurugram.

More details awaited.


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