Police search in Noida, fail to find clothes of key accused

NL

Two weeks after a 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped on board a moving bus in south Delhi, police have been unsuccessful in recovering a crucial evidence in the case.

On Thursday, police had approached court seeking the custody of one of the accused, Akshay Thakur, to retrieve the clothes worn by him on the day of the incident.

Thakur, who is lodged in Tihar jail, was taken to Noida to retrieve his clothes, police sources said. Despite searches at a tea stall in Noida Sector 62 and in Thakur's village, sources said nothing could be found.

So far, police have been able to recover only the bloodstained clothes of the main accused, Ram Singh. These were recovered from his house in Ravi Dass Camp in RK Puram, Sector 3.

"We have to produce the accused before the court on Saturday. It is important for us to recover the clothes which have the blood samples of the victim. This will be an important piece of evidence during trial. After the crime, Thakur had helped Ram Singh clean the bus and later went in it to meet his employer in Noida Sector 62... We have the whole night and will try to recover the clothes," an officer said on Friday night.

When comments were sought, DCP (South) Chhaya Sharma declined to say anything on the matter.

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