Delhi gang-rape: Ram Singh’s family alleges foul play in ‘suicide’
New Delhi: There seems to be more than what meets the eye in the mysterious death of Ram Singh, prime accused in the Delhi gang-rape case, who allegedly committed suicide in Delhi’s high-security Tihar Jail early on Monday. While initial reports had claimed that Ram Singh, 35, had committed suicide in ward no 5 of Jail No.3, jail authorities have not yet confirmed that he had taken his own life.
Ram Singh’s family and the defence lawyer claim that there was no reason whatsoever for him to commit suicide. They claimed that Singh was murdered and demanded a CBI probe.
2.20 pm Fast-track court informed about Ram Singh’s death. His family visits Tihar Jail.
2.15 pm Inquiry is on so would be premature to comment. All facts will be looked into by the Magistrate – Vimla Mehra,DG,Tihar
1.55 pm As per a statement issued by the Tihar Jail, Ram Singh was found hanging at 5.45 am. The statement says that the cause of death is yet unknown. A probe has been ordered and the autopsy report is awaited.
1.40 pm Ram Singh’s father claims his son feared for his life.
1.35 pm Ram Singh was about 5 feet eight inches tall and weighed around 50 kg. He is said to have used a bucket to make up for the height difference to reach out to the window grill to which he attached the noose he rigged out of his clothes.
1:10 pm Three-member team to conduct Ram Singh’s post-mortem at Deen Dayal Singh’s hospital. Forensic experts trying to recreate the scene.
12.45 pm The remaining four accused, including Ram Singh’s brother Mukesh, brought to the fast-track court which is handling their trial.
12.40 pm Law has been defeated in this case. Unfortunately, Ram Singh did what he wanted, says Justice(Retd),RS Sodhi
12.05 am Would have been better if law would have punished him. He was probably feeling very guilty: Krishna Tirath
11.40 am Ram Singh’s lawyer claims that his client was not depressed and was hopeful of justice as prosecution lawyers were being questioned by the court. He had no reason to commit suicide, the lawyer stressed.
11.20 am Delhi CM Shiela Dikshit meets Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. Dikshit refuses to speculate, says wrong to comment on this incident until the magisterial level enquiry is not over.
11.00 am My son had accepted his mistake…he has not committed suicide; CBI should probe his death, says Ram Singh’s father.
10.30 am BJP demands answers from the government. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde says he will make a statement in Parliament.
10.17 am Ram Singh hung himself from the ventilator grill above a door. The grill is said to be 8 feet from the ground. Questions arise on how he reached that height to fix the noose.
10.15 am Post-mortem is being conducted at Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital.
10 am Crime branch, forensic team reach Tihar jail. Investigators are awaiting the autopsy report that will reveal the exact cause of death.
Although his death, for now, is being taken as a case of suicide but questions remain on the serious security lapse that allowed Singh to end his life before being punished by the court.
The Metropolitan Magistrate who will carry out an inquiry will question the guard on duty, the warden and the inmates. As per reports, there were no CCTVs in the ward where Singh was lodged.
“Singh was not alone in the cell. Other inmates were present and a guard was also posted. But nobody came to know about it. Around 5am, he was found hanging,” a senior jail official said.
Singh was known to be prone to violent behaviour and mood swings and had suicidal tendencies but for him having killed himself without anyone come to know of it is shocking to say the least.
9.45 am The Union Ministry of Home Affairs is keeping a close tab on the developments and has sought a report from the prison authorities.
Importantly, Ram Singh was scheduled to be produced in the fast-track court for hearing in the case later today.
Ram Singh was the driver of the bus in which the 23-year-old physiotherapist student was gang-raped by him and his five associates, including a minor, in south Delhi after brutally beating her and her male friend.
Ram Singh, along with the other four accused, was charged with murder, gang-rape, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy, dacoity, unnatural sex and common intent in the case. The sixth accused is a Juvenile and is in an observation home.
All the accused were under ‘suicide watch’ after they had stopped talking and interacting amongst themselves. Following suicide by Ram Singh, the remaining four have been put under 24-hour surveillance.
The Tihar Central Jail complex has several jails, each identified by a number. While Pawan, 19, and Akshay, 29, are held in Jail No 4, Vinay, 20, and Mukesh, 26, are in Jail No 7.
During the course of the hearing, Vinay and Akshay had expressed remorse for the crime and had sought death penalty for themselves.
As per the unwritten hierarchy among jail inmates, rapists are considered the worst offenders and are always taunted and harassed by other inmates. And given the outrage generated by their horrific act, the Delhi gang-rape accused were always, reportedly, targeted by their jail inmates.
Singh was arrested soon after the December 16 incident from near his home in R K Puram. The girl was raped in the bus.