24x7 CCTV watch on other four

Tuesday

A day after the key accused in the December 16 Delhi gangrape case allegedly committed suicide in his Tihar Jail cell, jail authorities on Tuesday shifted the other four men in custody for the crime to a more secure facility inside the prison where they would be watched constantly through CCTV.

The decision was taken Monday evening to ensure that the four, lodged in different jails in Tihar, do not commit suicide. Sources said the new rooms where the four have been shifted have CCTV cameras. The cell in which Singh reportedly committed suicide did not have a camera.

"We have ensured that the remaining accused do not end up in solitary confinement. If they stay alone, they will develop suicidal tendencies. So in these kind of cases we provide them company. This will also help us ensure they are always monitored by fellow inmates," said Tihar jail spokesperson Sunil Gupta.

Jail officials believe Singh had planned his suicide days in advance. They suspect Singh may have prepared his noose in advance and hidden it from his fellow inmates. It is suspected Singh may have taken at least 2-3 days to decide how he would end his life.

Jail officials suspect Singh observed the movement of his cell mates and the guard on patrol for a few days before apparently deciding to hang himself.

The inmates in their statement to the inquiry committee are believed to have suggested that Singh may have hidden the noose under his mattress. During their interrogation, the inmates have claimed Singh did not exhibit any signs of being depressed or planning suicide.

"There is a small verandah outside the cell where Singh was lodged with the other three prisoners. On Sunday afternoon, all of them walked for long hours in the verandah. At dinner time, when he had four rotis, he also discussed about his five-year-old son with the other inmates," said a jail official.

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