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Delhi braveheart did not die in India: Police tells court

Delhi Police refuted the allegations of the four accused in the December 16 gangrape case that the braveheart was not assaulted by iron rods.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:May 21, 2013, 10:14 PM IST
Delhi braveheart did not die in India: Police tells court
Delhi Police refuted the allegations of the four accused in the December 16 gangrape case that the braveheart was not assaulted by iron rods.

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday refuted the allegations of the four accused in the December 16 gangrape case in a special court that the victim was not assaulted by iron rods and she died before being taken to Singapore. "It is wrong to suggest that I had not taken the opinion of the doctors during the lifetime of the victim, despite various opportunities, as the said weapons were allegedly not with us at that time or that the same were planted later after the death of the girl.

"It is wrong to suggest that the girl expired before being sent to Singapore or that due to the pressure her body was sent to Singapore..," the SHO of Vasant Vihar police station told Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna. The counsel for the accused had alleged the SHO had not taken the opinion of doctors on the weapons of offence during the lifetime of the victim, "despite various opportunities" because the iron rods were never used in the offence.

Deposing as a 78th prosecution witness, the SHO said the the two iron rods were not taken to Singapore where the doctors conducted the postmortem. Hence, the opinion of doctors at Singapore could not be taken on the injuries inflicted by the iron rods, the SHO testified. "When I reached Singapore, the postmortem had already been conducted and the body was transported to the airport," he said.

Four accused - Vinay, Mukesh, Pawan and Akshay Thakur - are facing trial in the gangrape and murder of the 23-year-old paramedical student and attack on her friend on the night of December 16. The girl died of her injuries on December 29, 2012 at a Singapore hospital.

The counsel for one of the accused also alleged Vinay Sharma was not present in the bus when the alleged gangrape took place as he had gone to a musical function. Meanwhile, other accused Akshay Thakur claimed he was not involved and has been falsely implicated.

During the trial, accused Pawan Gupta was on Tuesday taken to the dispensary for check-up. On Monday also, he was rushed to the dispensary after he suffered bleeding from nose. Meanwhile, the judge directed the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital to submit a medical report about the condition of Vinay. He wanted to know whether the accused would be able to attend the court or not.

The judge sought a "detailed report by tomorrow" on the health of Vinay who has been hospitalized for the past 20 days. "The report should detail when the accused can be discharged and whether he is fit to attend court or not," the court said.

Sharma's presence is very important at this stage as the examination of the investigating officer of the case cannot be held in his absence. Of the 80 prosecution witnesses, only the IO remains to depose before the court. Out of six accused, Ram Singh was found hanging in his prison cell in Tihar on March 11 and consequently, the trial against him was abated. The juvenile accused in the case is facing a separate trial before a Juvenile Justice Board.

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