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Delhi’s shame
Fifth accused detained in Bihar
Three accused produced in court
PM terms incident very disturbing
HC steps in
Tribune News Service & PTI

New Delhi, December 19
The police has detained one more person in the Delhi gang rape case. Akshay Thakur, one of the bus cleaners, was detained in Aurangabad in Bihar and is being brought to Delhi. Another cleaner Raju is still at large.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described the assault against the girl in a moving bus here on Sunday night as "very upsetting".

The 23-year-old girl, who was also tortured, underwent a fifth surgery and "continues to be critical but stable", doctors attending on her at Safdarjung hospital said.

Taking suo motu cognisance of the dastardly crime, the Delhi High Court decided to monitor its investigation by directing police to carry a "high standard" probe and file the chargesheet only after the court's perusal. "Nobody is safe," the court said, as it pulled up the police, noting such incidents repeatedly happen in the city.

While the bus driver and main accused, Ram Singh, was yesterday sent to five-day police custody, the police produced Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta alias Kaloo and Ram’s brother, Mukesh in a local court today. Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Namrita Aggarwal remanded Pawan, a fruit-seller, and Vinay, an assistant gym instructor in police custody for four days. Mukesh, who was allegedly driving the bus when the girl was being gang-raped, was sent to to 14-day judicial custody.

Before Aggarwal remanded Mukesh, Pawan and Vinay in different custodies, she sent them to Metropolitan Magistrate Sandeep Garg, who asked them if they wanted to be a part of a Test Identification Parade. Pawan and Vinay, however, refused to undergo the test, but Mukesh agreed to undergo the TIP tomorrow.

Doctors remove victim’s intestine

The victim underwent a fifth surgery and “continues to be critical but stable”, doctors attending on her at Safdarjung hospital said. Doctors performed an elective abdominal surgery to remove her gangrenous small intestine. They said she has lost most of her intestine and remains on “ventilatory support”.

Hang me, says one accused

Pawan Gupta, a fruit-seller and one of the six accused in the case, reportedly told the judge: “We did a horrible thing.” Another accused Vinay, an assistant gym instructor, told the magistrate: “Hang me till death. I beat up the boy, but I didn’t hit the girl.” The sixth accused, Raju, is still at large and police are looking for him in UP.





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