New Delhi: The male friend of the Delhi gangrape victim, who was also brutally assaulted when he tried to stop the heinous crime, on Thursday identified accused Mukesh, the brother of main accused Ram Singh in the test identification parade in the Tihar jail. Mukesh is one of the six accused in the gangrape and the murderous assault on 23-year-old medical student.
Eleven people were paraded before the victim's friend during test identification parade (TIP) which started at 3:05 PM and ended in a hour. "The procedures ended by 4 PM," the official said.
Out of the four accused, only Mukesh had agreed to TIP when he was produced before a court in Delhi on Wednesday. Other accused - Ram Singh, Pawan and Vinay - had refused to undergo TIP. According to the official, the positive identification of Mukesh by the friend, who was also beaten up by the gang before the men allegedly raped the girl, is a shot in the arm of the prosecution as it would it them nail the other culprits.
Police have invoked the stringent charges of attempt to murder and destruction of evidence against the accused. Investigators had earlier pressed charges against them under sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of IPC.
Mukesh was produced in the Saket court on Wednesday along with two other accused - Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma - where their admitted to their role in the heinous crime, which has left the girl battling for her life in Safdarjung Hospital.
Pawan Gupta told the court that he cannot identify himself because he had committed a horrible crime while Vinay while confessing to his involvement claimed that he had only beaten up the girl's male friend, but had not done anything to the girl.
Meanwhile, the Delhi gangrape victim is still critical though doctors hoped on Thursday that she would recover. Calling her a "brave girl", a team of doctors attending the 23-year-old said that she withstood the operation on Wednesday night "very well".
"She is fighting it out. We are hopeful that she would come out of it," said Dr Mishra of AIIMS Trauma Centre. Dr Mishra is working on the trauma management plan for the victim with doctors of Safdarjung hospital - where the woman is undergoing treatment.
The doctors said their foremost concern is the survival of the victim and that she comes out of trauma. "Her kidneys, lungs, heart are doing well. There are no muscular or lower limb injuries but our main concern is that the victim should come out of the trauma," said Safdarjung hospital doctors.
On Wednesday a team of Delhi Police detained Akshay Thakur, who is also accused in the gangrape case, in Bihar's Aurangabad district. The accused had absconded to his native place after committing the crime along with five others, four of whom have already been arrested. One of the accused is still on the run and police teams are trying to trace him.
The 23-year-old victim continues to fight for her life. Doctors treating her say some of her vital organs have been permenantly damaged and she's suffering from a blood infection. She has been on ventilator support now for over 60 hours now. A medical bulletin is expected on Wednesday evening.
The girl and her male friend had boarded the bus on Sunday night after watching a movie. Once they were inside the bus, they found that there were four people apart from the driver and the cleaner. Soon the accused started to harass the girl and she was brutally beaten up along with her friend by iron rods when the duo protested. The girl was then raped by the six men inside the bus.
The victims were then stripped, their mobile phones snatched and thrown off the bus. Some passers-by found them and called the police.
(With additional information from PTI)