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Dec 18, 2012 at 06:08pm IST

Delhi gangrape: Punish him if proven guilty, says father of the accused

New Delhi: The father of one of the accused in the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student from Dehradun in the heart of the national capital, on Tuesday said that if his son is guilty, he must be punished. Hari Ram Sharma, father of accused Vinay Sharma, said, "We had no idea about the incident. If he is responsible for this, he should be given the toughest possible punishment. But if he is innocent, he should be let off."

Sharma, main accused Ram Singh, Mukesh and Pawan Gupta have been arrested in the case while two others are still on the run. Main accused Ram Singh is a bus driver by profession and the crime was committed inside a private chartered bus which was driven by him. Singh was sent to police custody for five days for the brutal gangrape in which all the six attackers will also be charged with attempt to murder. The police said that all the six accused were drinking and were out to earn extra money on an off day, which is when they picked up some passengers, including the victim and her male friend.

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After making some derogatory remarks, the accused got into a fight with the girl and her friend. Although the girl's male friend fought bravely, he was overpowered by the accused. "They stopped the bus at the Munirka bus stand and told them that the bus was going to Dwarka. The couple thought that it was a public carriageway. A Rs 10 ticket was given to them. The bus driver and his friends started misbehaving with the couple after a while," Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said.

The police said the bus was tracked down at RK Puram, Sector 3. While Ram Singh was arrested from RK Puram, his brother Mukesh was arrested from Rajasthan. Vinay Sharma is an assistant gym instructor and Pawan Gupta is a fruit seller, the police said. The police also said that all the accused lived in RK Puram.

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Neeraj Kumar also said that one of the absconding accused has been identified as Akshay Thakur from Bihar. He added that the main accused, Ram Singh, was also involved in an accident case.

The commissioner also said that the Delhi Police will appeal to the court to fast-track the case. Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said she will write to the Home Minister to fast-track these cases. "I am writing a letter to the Home Minister & Chief Justice to expedite the cases. The Delhi government will co-operate to fast-track these cases. Fast redressal of the case will serve as a deterrent," Dikshit said.

The 23-year-old victim was battling for life at the Safdarjung hospital and was on ventilator support. She was operated upon on Monday night. Doctors say that she suffered serious intestinal damage and injuries to her face and abdomen. The boy sustained serious injuries to his head and arm.

The girl was gangraped, brutally beaten, stripped and thrown out of the private chartered bus near Mahipalpur flyover along with her male friend, who managed to file a police complaint at around 1.15 am. The incident, according to reports, happened at 9.30 pm. The duo had boarded the bus from Munirka and was on its way to Palam, where the girl stays.

According to DCP South Chhaya Sharma, the bus was not in commercial use and it offered to drop the duo to Palam for Rs 10 each. "When they boarded the bus, there were a few other men as well in the vehicle. There was an argument between the male friend and others... As of now, we can confirm the involvement of four men. They beat them up brutally using iron rods," she said.

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