New Delhi: Hours after Ram Singh, the key accused in December 16 gang rape, reportedly committed suicide, his family members and lawyer alleged that he was murdered.

Suspecting foul play in Ram Singh's suicide his lawyer VK Anand said, "My client did not commit suicide. I was in touch with him on a daily basis. If he had committed suicide then he would have left a suicide note. I demand an independent probe.”

His father, Mange Lal Singh, also believes that Ram Singh did not commit suicide and suspects that he might have been killed by some of his inmates as he was beaten and attacked with a blade in the past.

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"I had met him six days back at the court. He had told me that his life is in danger and he also said that he had been sodomised by his fellow inmates," the father said.

Prison authorities say that Ram Singh was found hanging after rigging up a noose made out of his clothes and then attaching it to a grille. But Mange Lal Singh said that his son would have been incapable of doing any such thing as a result of a hand injuries he sustained in a road accident several years back.

"He couldn't have committed suicide with just one hand," said the father.

Ram Singh was tortured

Kalyani Devi, Ram Singh's mother, said that her son had shown her evidence that he had been tortured since his arrest over the fatal December 16 attack on a bus in the capital New Delhi, including "slash marks" on his body.

Fateful December 16 Night And Its Aftermath

December 16, 2012: A 23-year-old paramedical student is brutally gang-raped by six persons in a moving bus in Delhi

December 17, 2012: Police arrest Ram Singh, the driver of the bus

December 18, 2012: Delhi court sends Ram Singh to five-day police custody. Three other culprits - Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma arrested

December 19, 2012: Court sends Pawan and Vinay to four-day police custody, while Mukesh is sent to judicial custody for his identification test

December 20, 2012: The male friend of the victim identifies one of the accused as the rapist in Tihar Jail during the TIP. The juvenile is sent to the Juvenile Justice Board

December 21, 2012: Delhi HC slams city police for the report filed by it in the case. Another accused Akshay Thakur is arrested

December 23, 2012: High Court says there will be day-to-day trial in all sexual assault cases in the capital

December 25, 2012: Mukesh, brother of Ram, sent to Tihar jail till January 6

December 26, 2012: Victim flown to a Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital

January 2, 2013:  Fast track court to try sexual offence cases against women is inaugurated by Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir

January 3, 2013: Delhi Police file chargesheet in a court here against the five accused, slapping murder, rape, kidnapping, dacoity, destruction of evidence and other charges

January 05, 2013: All the five accused brought under suicide watch

February 2, 2013: Five accused charged with 13 offences including murder

February 28, 2013: Juvenile Justice Board frames rape, murder charges against minor accused

March 11, 2013: Main accused Ram Singh commits suicide in his cell in Jail No 3 at around 5 am

However, an inquiry has been ordered into the suicide incident to ascertain how Ram Singh committed suicide in the high security Tihar Jail.

Meanwhile, the family of the December 16 gang rape victim on Monday said they were "surprised but not saddened" by the main accused in the case allegedly committing suicide and are waiting for the four others to be sent to the gallows.

The brother did not suspect any foul play and said guilt might have caught on to him. He said Singh knew that there was strong evidence against him and that he was going to get death penalty.

Ram Singh and the four other accused in the case were being tried by a fast-track court here. The sixth accused, who has been declared a juvenile, is also facing proceedings before the Juvenile Justice Board.


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