Men accused in Dec 16 gangrape case led us to evidence: IO to court

The investigating officer who had arrested five of the six accused in the December 16 gangrape case, told the fast-track court on Saturday that crucial evidence was recovered at the instance of the accused persons.

The woman sub-inspector, who is posted at Vasant Vihar police station, told Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna that articles robbed from the 23-year-old victim and her friend were also recovered from the accused, including a minor who is being tried before the Juvenile Justice Board.

Ram Singh, who was found hanging in his cell in Tihar Jail in March, was the first to be arrested in the case. Later, accused Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh were apprehended.

"Vinay gave me his jeans, one jacket and full sleeve black shirt which he was wearing at that time. He also took off his rubber chappal. Thereafter, Vinay led the police party to his jhuggi at Ravi Dass Camp where a pair of Hush Puppies shoes were lying. He produced the shoe and a Nokia phone saying it was his share of the robbed property," the witness said. Similarly, Pawan had also produced his bloodied clothes from his jhuggi.

On December 21 last year, the juvenile was apprehended from Anand Vihar bus terminal in East Delhi at the instance of Ram Singh. The last arrest in the case was Akshay Thakur, who was apprehended from Aurangabad in Bihar.

The sub-inspector said the victim's friend, a 28-year old software engineer who was on that bus with her that night, had identified all the accused correctly. He had also identified the bus in which the crime took place.

"The complainant joined the investigation and went with me to Thyagaraj Stadium, where he identified the bus as the same which he and the victim had boarded and in which the incident had occurred," the witness told the court.

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