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Dec 16 gang rape: IO rejects allegation

HT correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 06, 2013
First Published: 22:08 IST(6/7/2013) | Last Updated: 23:42 IST(6/7/2013)
The investigating officer (IO) in the December 16 gang rape case on Saturday denied the claims of an accused that the site plan was prepared at the police station and not at the actual scene of crime.

The woman IO, who had initially probed the case, told additional sessions judge Yogesh Khanna that the male friend of a 23-year-old victim had visited the location and pointed out the exact spot.

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"The site plans were prepared at the instance of the complainant (the victim's friend). He was physically present with me when the site plans were prepared at his pointing out. It is wrong to suggest that the youth had not visited the places. It is wrong to suggest that site plans were prepared on the basis of the statements of the complainant while sitting in the police station," the IO said during her cross-examination by the counsel of one of the gang rape accused.

Six men, including a juvenile, had on the night of December 16 last year brutally raped a 23-year-old physiotherapy student and assaulted her friend in a moving bus. The victim died of her injuries on December 29 while undergoing emergency treatment at a Singapore Hospital.

During the trial, Ram Singh, the main accused and the driver of the bus, was found dead in Tihar jail in March this year and court proceedings against him stand abated.


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