Gang-rape case: Three accused remanded, one says 'hang me' - The New Indian Express

Gang-rape case: Three accused remanded, one says 'hang me'

Published: 19th December 2012 01:42 PM

Last Updated: 19th December 2012 05:39 PM

Three accused arrested for allegedly gang-raping a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus here on Sunday night were today produced before a Delhi court which sent two of them to four-day police custody while the third was sent to 14-day judicial custody.

Vinay Sharma, an assistant gym instructor and Pawan Gupta, a fruit seller have been sent for custodial interrogation while Mukesh, who was allegedly driving the bus when the crime was being committed, has been sent to Tihar Jail in judicial custody after he agreed to undergo test identification parade (TIP).

Mukesh is the brother of another accused Ram Singh, who was yesterday remanded to five-day police custody after he refused to undergo TIP.

Vinay and Pawan, however, have refused to undergo TIP, the criminal procedure in which the alleged offender is brought before witnesses and victims for identification.

After being produced before Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Namrita Aggarwal, the trio were sent to court of Metropolitan Magistrate Sandeep Garg for following the procedure for conducting the TIP.

When the judge asked whether they would volunteer to undergo TIP and if not why, Vinay said, "he had beaten up the boy but did nothing with the girl" and went on to say "mujhe faansi de do (hang me)", while Pawan told the court, "I do not want to undergo TIP as I have committed a heinous act".

The magistrate after completing the process for the TIP said,"Accused Mukesh has submitted that he wanted to undergo TIP. Police be directed to conduct his TIP on December 20 at 3pm Central Jail, Tihar."

Both the victim, a paramedical student, and her male friend, who had boarded the chartered bus with tinted glass windows from Munirka in south Delhi to Palam around 9.45 PM on Sunday night, were assaulted with an iron rod by the men after the two resisted before they were dumped on the road side near Mahipalpur flyover, police said.

Metropolitan Magistrate Garg also asked the police to move a fresh application for recording the confessional statement of the accused persons saying "what they have said in court is not on oath".

Returning to the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal, the police did not seek custody of Mukesh, but said the custodial interrogation of the other two were necessary for "arresting the two other accused in the case" and for recovery of clothes.

Police said it also has to recover the ATM cards and mobile phones of the victim and her male friend.

"Since the accused persons are required for apprehending the other two accused and for recovery of the ATM cards and mobile phones of the complainants (victim and her male friend), they are remanded to four days police custody. They be produced on December 23," Aggarwal said.

All the accused are facing charges under sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.

The bus driver Ram Singh, the first person to be arrested in the case, was yesterday remanded to five days in police custody by a Delhi court. He had refused to undergo the TIP.

Out of the six accused, four have already been arrested.

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