Delhi Gangrape Convict Claims He Was Brutally Assaulted In Tihar By Jail Inmates

20/08/2015 9:21 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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FILE- In this March 11, 2013 file photo, an Indian police officer prepares to close one of the gates at Tihar Jail, the largest complex of prisons in South Asia, in New Delhi, India. India’s Tihar Jail is a land of bakeries and carpentry shops, where inmates compete in music contests, take classes and perform intensive Buddhist meditation as part of their rehabilitation. Tihar Jail is also a vast, overcrowded facility, crammed with people awaiting trial who sleep on concrete floors, face daily threats from other prisoners and are shaken down for bribes from their poorly paid jailers, according to human rights lawyers and former inmates there. The two sides of India’s most famous jail emerged this week when a man accused in the notorious rape of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus was found dead in his cell, either a suicide, according to jail officials, or a victim of foul play, according to his family. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

NEW DELHI—One of the four death row convicts in the 16 December gangrape and murder case on Thursday claimed in court that he was brutally assaulted by the inmates in Tihar Jail in New Delhi due to which he has sustained fractures.

Vinay Sharma, who is also facing trial in a separate robbery case along with the other three, moved an application before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh saying he was assaulted by the inmates on 15 and 16 August respectively.

The plea, filed through advocate AP Singh, said that Vinay was attacked inside the jail due to which his left hand and left leg got fractured.

"Vinay Sharma was beaten up very badly on August 15 and 16 by other inmates of the jail...," the plea said adding that five to six jail inmates, who had allegedly assaulted him, had also threatened to kill him in the prison.

The counsel said the court has called for a report from the jail authority on 25 August on Vinay's plea.

The court is currently hearing the final arguments in the robbery case.

A special fast track court had earlier awarded death penalty to four convicts - Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh - in the gangrape and murder case which was later confirmed by the Delhi High Court. Their appeals are pending before the Supreme Court.

In the robbery case, Delhi police has alleged that before gangraping the 23-year-old girl in the moving bus in New Delhi on the night of December 16, 2012, the accused had lured a carpenter, Ram Adhar, into the vehicle and robbed him.

The gangrape victim had died in a Singapore hospital on 29 December, 2012.

The accused facing trial in the robbery case had earlier claimed that they had not robbed or assaulted the complainant.

Ram Adhar had identified in the court the four accused as those who had robbed and assaulted him on 16 December, 2012 night.

The court had put them on trial in the robbery case for the offences under various sections of IPC, including sections 395 (dacoity) and 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine a person).

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