The male friend of the 23-year-old paramedical student from Uttarakhand, who was gangraped by a group of six in a moving bus, has reportedly identified Mukesh Singh, one of the accused in the Delhi rape on bus case, at a Test Identification Parade (TIP) at Tihar jail on Thursday.
Eleven people were paraded before the victim’s friend during the TIP, which started at 3.05 pm and ended in an hour. “The procedures ended by 4 pm,” a senior police officer said.
Out of the four accused, only Mukesh had agreed to the TIP when he was produced before a court in New Delhi on Thursday. Singh had been sent to judicial custody for 14 days. The other accused — Ram Singh, Pawan and Vinay — had refused to undergo TIP.
According to the police officer, the positive identification of Mukesh by the friend, who was also beaten up by the gang before the men allegedly raped the girl, is a shot in the arm of the prosecution as it would it them nail the other culprits.
The girl’s friend was also beaten up by the assailants on Sunday night after they took the whiteline bus from Munirka to go to Dwarka.
Vinay Sharma, an assistant gym instructor and Pawan Gupta, a fruit seller have been sent for custodial interrogation, after they refused to undergo TIP, the criminal procedure in which the alleged offender is brought before witnesses and victims for identification.
The bus driver Ram Singh, the first person to be arrested in the case, was on Tuesday remanded to five-day police custody by a Delhi court. He had refused to undergo the TIP.
Meanwhile, police detained Akshay Thakur, one of the six accused, from Aurangabad in Bihar and he is being brought to Delhi.
Police have sent teams to Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to trace the absconding accused.
Police have invoked stringent charges of attempt to murder and destruction of evidence against the accused.
Investigators had earlier pressed charges against them under sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of IPC. Police have so far arrested four persons in connection with the incident in a moving bus here on Sunday night.
Taking suo motu cognisance of the gangrape of the 23-year-old girl, the Delhi High Court pulled up the Delhi police asking how the offence remained undetected.
Meanwhile, the girl’s condition is stated to be stable by her doctors. Having undergone a surgery to remove her gangrenous intestine, the 23-year-old paramedical student passed an “uneventful night” and is “stable, alert and conscious”.
According to reports, when her family met her at Safdarjung hospital, she asked, “Have they been caught?”
The battered rape victim’s intestines had to be surgically removed but doctors said her condition is stable.
Sources said the girl, who remained critical but stable, cannot speak as she has a tube in her mouth and communicates by writing on paper. “She is aware that the media has taken up the case. The girl asked her family whether the accused have been caught,” they said.
When asked, NCW Chairperson Mamta Sharma on Thursday said, “Capital punishment is very important. I suggest that they should be made impotent so they repent every day of their life. It is very important, unless such punishments are meted to the culprits, I don’t think women will feel secure in our country,” NCW Chairperson Mamta Sharma said in New Delhi.
(With inputs from PTI)