New Delhi: The alleged suicide by Ram Singh, key accused of December 16 gang rape of paramedic, in the high-security cell in Tihar jail has not only prompted speculation on how he managed to kill himself but has also triggered fear among the other four accused.

Apparently, Akshay Singh, one of the remaining four accused on Monday urged the court not to send him back to Tihar jail.

"Mujhe goli maar do, par jail wapas mat bhejo (shoot me, but don't send me back to Tihar Jail)," he was quoted as saying by AP Singh, counsel for accused Akshay and Vinay Sharma.

The remaining four accused--Singh's brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Singh--who were produced before the fast track court alleged that for the last three days they were being tortured and harassed, physically and mentally, by the jail officials.
However, Akshay's request was turned down by the judge Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna even as he asked the jail officials to review the security of the other four accused everyday for their safety and daily submit a report.

The court sought an inquiry report by Tuesday from the Tihar jail officials on the alleged suicide by one of the accused in the Delhi gangrape-cum-murder case in Delhi.

33-year-old Ram Singh allegedly hanged himself with the help of his clothes from the grills of his cell at around 5 AM today, according to jail officials.

The alleged suicide by Singh raised several questions on the jail authorities of Tihar, who were keeping a watch on him.


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