Punish us for the crime, three accused tell court

"I do not want to take part in TIP (test identification parade) proceedings as I am involved in the present crime and am remorseful of that." This was the statement signed and submitted to court by three of the six men accused of torturing and gangraping a 23-year-old paramedic student.

Ram Singh, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Kumar Gupta were brought to the Saket court complex on Sunday. As 120 securitymen guarded the court premises, fearing that protesters might try to force entry, the accused were taken in through an entrance meant for judges. Twenty policemen escorted them.

Vinay and Pawan told the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar that they wanted to be punished for the crime. "Hamne jo galti ki hai, uski saza de do. Chahe to phaansi de do (Punish us for our crime. Hang us, if you consider it fit)," Vinay said.

The three have been sent to judicial custody till January 6, and will remain in Tihar Jail until then.

Over 300 people gathered outside the Saket court premises and shouted slogans demanding death penalty for the rapists. Traffic was stopped on the road leading to Gate 3. The protesters cleared out of the area by 5 pm, after the accused left the court.

Akshay Thakur ó who had fled to Bihar, from where he was arrested and brought to Delhi ó was produced before a magistrate after Saturday midnight. He has agreed to undergo TIP proceedings and has been sent to Tihar Jail. His identification will be conducted on December 26.

The sixth accused, who is a juvenile, will undergo a TIP on Monday morning.

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