A Chandigarh court framed charges of abduction against Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar on Friday in Varnika Kundu stalking case.

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

Varnika had accused Vikas and Ashish of tailgating her, blocking her way, and abduction-bid in her complaint to the police.

On 5 August, Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar were arrested and released on bail as the police had charged them with stalking and wrongful restraint, which are both bailable offences, even after Vernika had mentioned attempt of abduction in her complaint.

Earlier, Subhash Barala had addressed the media, saying that his son will cooperate fully with the police and said that Varnika was like his daughter.

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According to media reports, after public pressure police re-arrested Vikas Barala and Ashish Kumar and added attempt of abduction charges under sections 365 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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On 29 August, civil judge Barjidner Pal Singh had dismissed the bail pleas of the two accused. On 12 September, an Additional District and Sessions court dismissed the bail plea after arguments in the case carried on for over an hour.