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Dec 21, 2012 at 07:23pm IST

Delhi gangrape: Police to seek maximum punishment for accused

New Delhi: Union Home Secretary RK Singh on Friday said the government will seek maximum punishment for the accused in the Delhi gangrape case of a 23-year-old girl who is battling for her life in Safdarjung Hospital. Singh said that till now five accused in the case have been arrested while hunt is on for the sixth accused.

"Five people have been arrested in the Delhi rape case and one more is to be arrested. We will file the chargesheet in the case very soon. After this the trial will start and we will ask for maximum penalty which is life imprisonment. With minimum clue we cracked the case," Singh said. The Home Secretary said that such incidents need to be tackled with an iron hand and the police will take all steps to ensure that anti-social elements are not able to commit such heinous crimes.

The investigators have collected enough evidence in the case and will seek a fast-track court, which should hear the case on a day to day basis for faster delivery of justice, said Singh.

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar pointed out that the accused would also be charged under Section 307 (attempt to murder) under the Indian Penal Code apart from sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery), 34 (common intention) and 201 (destruction of evidence).

"We have called in the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) team. All the forensic evidence have been collected from the bus. The fifth accused was nabbed last night and is a minor. He's going to be treated according to the Juvenile Justice Act," said Kumar.