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Dec 18, 2012 at 12:38am IST

Delhi gangrape: Prime accused and his brother arrested, victim battles for life in ICU

New Delhi: The police on Monday made two arrests in connection with the brutal gangrape of a Delhi medical student inside a moving bus in the national capital. The police arrested the prime accused in the case identified as Ram Singh, who is the regular driver of the bus in which the crime was committed. Ram Singh's brother Mukesh was also arrested by the police.

According to the police, when the incident occurred on Sunday night, the brother of the prime accused was driving the bus while Ram Singh and four others were all drinking and having a party inside it. They then decided to make some extra money on an off day, and that was when they found the victim with her male friend.

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It was Shame in the heart of the national capital as the young girl was gangraped, stripped, brutally beaten and thrown out on the road. The victim is critically injured, on the ventilator, fighting for her life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a government hospital.

The victim, a paramedical student, and her friend had boarded an auto from Select Citywalk mall in Saket after watching a movie, following which they took the chartered private bus at Munirka to go to Dwarka.

Inside the bus, they were surrounded by seven men who were already inside the bus, and then the boy was beaten and the girl raped. The couple were then thrown out of the bus near the Mahipalpur flyover, just yards away was a police van.

Talking about the incident, South Delhi DCP, Chhaya Sharma, said, "The accused was sitting with three-four people. There was a little argument with the boy which turned into a scuffle."

As many as six people have been detained by the police till now. The police have also recovered the bus. According to sources, the bus was used to ferry school children in Delhi and Noida.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has assured that strict action would be taken in the case. However, the opposition has used the case to criticise the administration in the national capital. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader VK Malhotra, "Delhi was called the crime capital, but it seems now Delhi will be known as rape capital."

Reacting angrily to the case, student unions have already threatened protests. The students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are threatening protests even as police say they are close to cracking the case. The incident has certainly raised fresh questions about safety of women in Delhi.