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Gangrape: 'No passerby helped, police fought over jurisdiction'

Jan 05, 2013 07:25 AM IST India India

New Delhi: The hearing in the horrific Delhi gangrape case is likely to begin in a special fast-track court on Saturday. On Friday, the male friend of the 23-year-old braveheart opened up about the incident in an exclusive interview to a TV channel. He criticised the police and passersby for their indifference and delay.

The young man said that no passerby came forward to help them after they were thrown out of the bus for about 25 minutes.

He also alleged that three police vans arrived after 45 minutes and wasted crucial time in deciding the territorial jurisdiction of the police station under which the case falls.

The Delhi Police, however, refuted the allegations of delay. Delhi Police PRO Rajan Bhagat said, "The PCR call was recorded at 10:22:20 pm. The call was broadcasted to PCR vans and van Z-54 was directed to spot. Meanwhile PCR van E-42 reached spot on its own at 10:26 pm ie within 4 minutes. Van Z-54 reached spot at 10:28 pm ie within 5.5 minutes of call. It left the spot with victims at 10:31 pm ie within 3 minutes. It reached Safdarjang hospital within 24 minutes at 10:55 pm. All records as per GPS."

The young man was with the 23-year-old medical student when they boarded a bus around 9.00 pm in south Delhi's Munirka area after watching a movie in a cinema hall on December 16. The girl was gangraped and brutally assaulted by six men in the bus who also attacked her friend before dumping them on the road. The boy was also badly injured.

The girl was later taken by a police patrol to Safdarjung hospital where she battled for life for several days before being flown to Singapore in an air ambulance for specialised treatment. However, she passed away on December 29.

The horrendous crime led to widespread public protests in several parts of the country and vocal demands for toughening laws against rape. Police had chargesheeted five men, including the driver of the bus and his brother, in the case and accused them of various crimes like murder, attempt to murder, gangrape, kidnapping and unnatural offences. The sixth accused is a juvenile as he is a little under 18 although he is to be subjected to a bone density test to verify his age. He will be tried by the Juvenile Justice Board if he is a minor.

FIR against TV channel for revealing identity of witness

The Delhi Police have registered a case against the TV channel that aired the interview with the Delhi braveheart's friend, for revealing his identity. The man is a key witness in the case. The exclusive interview was aired on Friday.

The FIR has been registered under Section 228A in the Vasant Vihar Police station. The male friend of the braveheart is the sole witness in the case.

With additional information from PTI