Tihar guards say they will kill me, gangrape accused tells trial court

One of the accused in the Delhi gangrape case on Thursday told the fast track court that he was receiving life threats from the guards at Tihar Jail where he is lodged.

Akshay Thakur told the court of Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna that the guards posted in the ward routinely passed abusive remarks. "Whenever the duty changes, the sentries exchange lewd and abusive remarks about us and say that we should be killed. They have threatened to kill me several times," Thakur said in the courtroom.

The court asked Thakur's counsel to file a written complaint in this regard.

Co-accused Vinay Sharma sought permission from the court to make a phone call to the family of a relative who died recently in his village in Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh. Sharma's lawyer A P Singh requested the court to let his client speak to his relatives for "five minutes" to pay "condolences". He was granted permission after this information was "cross-checked and verified" by police.

An interim bail application was also submitted on Sharma's behalf to let him appear for an interview for the post of a clerk in Indian Air Force. The examination is to be held on April 7 in Subroto Park. A third application sought court direction to the jail superintendent and authorities to "prevent other lawyers" from meeting Sharma and Thakur.

Meanwhile, a Sub-Inspector posted in Vasant Kunj (North) police station deposed in court that he was on night emergency duty on December 16 when he received a call that a young man and woman were sitting naked near the Mahipalpur flyover. He said he rushed to the spot but by then the victims had been taken to hospital.

The S-I claimed he checked with the duty constable of the hospital he could not recall the name of the constable. When he met the complainant the male friend of the victim for the first time, he was "covered with white sheet and unable to talk properly" as his "head wound was being stitched".

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