Here in fast track court Tihar Jail authorities told in hearing of the Delhi gangrape case that the main accused Ram Singh hanged himself to death in his prison cell.
In a 2-page preliminary report submitted to the court, the Superintendent of jail no.3 has said that Singh was found hanging by a “thin string” made out of his clothes, the counsel appearing for one of the accused in the case told reporters outside the court room.
“The report states that the body of Singh was seen hanging at 5.25 AM in the morning. The doctor of the jail was informed at 5.40 AM and the accused was declared dead at 5.45 AM yesterday morning,” according to him.
The inquiry report was sought by the Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna yesterday after he was apprised about the death of Ram Singh, 34, who was found hanging in a cell of jail no. 3, where he was kept along with three others.
Quoting from the report, the advocate said that since inquest proceedings were being done by the Metropolitan Magistrate it may take some time for the jail authorities to submit the final report. “The post mortem report is also awaited,” the lawyer told.
In a related development the court recorded the statement of the two forensic experts, who had provided their scientific support and services during the investigation of the gangrape-cum-murder case.
B K Mophapatra, Senior Scientific Officer and Rajender Singh, a Principal Scientific officer cum assistant chemical examiner, both from Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) were cross-examined by the defence counsel.
The fast-track court is recording the statements of the prosecution witnesses in in-camera proceedings on daily basis and so far 45 witnesses have been examined.
The remaining four accused–Singh’s brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Singh–were present in the court today.