A day after the alleged suicide by Ram Singh, prime accused in
last December's horrific gang-rape, police said Tuesday that his
death would not affect the case and there was enough evidence to
convict the other four accused men.
Police said that Ram Singh had died due to hanging. He was the
driver of the bus in which the 23-year-old woman was brutally
raped and beaten Dec 12 last year. She died of her injuries.
A doctor who took part in the autopsy said the 35-year-old had no
external injury marks on his body.
Rattled by the death, authorities in Tihar have also placed the
four other accused on "special watch".
"They are on special watch and an officer has been deputed to keep
a tab on their activities," a jail official told IANS requesting
Ram Singh, who reportedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail Monday
morning, was one of the six accused in the rape of the young woman
in a moving bus. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into his
death. His family alleges he was murdered.
Ram Singh was arrested Dec 17, 2012, a day after the brutal
gang-rape that ignited protests all across India.
"Ram Singh's death has no relation with the further proceeding in
the case," said an investigation officer.
A day-to-day hearing into the case is going on at a fast-track
The other accused facing trial are Ram Singh's brother Mukesh, 26,
fruit seller Pawan Gupta, 19, gym instructor Vinay Sharma, 20, and
bus cleaner Akshay Thakur, 29. All are in Tihar Jail.
A panel of three doctors conducted Ram Singh's post-mortem at the
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) before the body
was handed over to his family. They took the body to Karauli
district in Rajasthan for cremation.
An AIIMS source said Sanjeev Lalwani and D.N. Bhardwaj were among
the doctors on the panel that conducted the autopsy. It started at
10.45 a.m. and took about two hours.
The Tihar authorities have decided to focus a CCTV camera on the
cell of the four other accused.
"We are focussing a CCTV camera on their cell to increase
surveillance on them," an official told IANS.
The special watch is meant to prevent the four from causing
possible harm to themselves, the official said.
Two of the rapists, Pawan, 19, and Akshay, 29, are held in Jail
No. 4 of Tihar Jail while Vinay, 20, and Mukesh, 26, are in Jail
The officer ruled out the possibility of threat to the gang-rape
accused from other prisoners.
The five accused were formally charged in the Saket fast-track
court 18 days after they gang-raped and tortured the trainee
physiotherapist, causing multiple-organ failure that led to her
death in a Singapore hospital Dec 29.
The sixth accused in the case is a juvenile and his case is before
the Juvenile Justice Board.