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Delhi rape: Gang was on ‘joyride’ looking for victims

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi , December 19, 2012
First Published: 01:13 IST(19/12/2012) | Last Updated: 02:53 IST(19/12/2012)

Ram Singh, the 33-year-old main accused in the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman on Sunday, admitted that he and his gang of five were out on a joyride that night.

Police investigators discovered that Singh has criminal records: He is wanted in an accident case. Plus, sources said, his elder brother, Suresh, was jailed after being convicted in a rape case six months ago.

Senior police officers, however, refused to comment on Singh’s background and family, and Lt-Governor Tejendra Khanna, to whom Delhi Police reports, could not be reached for his comment as he was travelling.

On Tuesday, the Delhi police told metropolitan magistrate Namita Aggarwal that Singh, who had refused to take part in a test identification parade, needed to be interrogated further in custody for leads on his co-accused.

“We need to recover the mobile phones and ATM cards of the victims and also the clothes the accused wore during the incident” the police said. The court remanded Singh to police custody for five days.

The police claimed on Tuesday that before assaulting the woman, the gang caught hold of a fruit-seller, Ramadhar Singh, and robbed him of Rs. 7,000 and a mobile phone. Ramadhar was thrown out of the bus near the IIT Gate.

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