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Jatin Anand, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 12, 2013
Hours after his mysterious death, Ram Singh’s parents on Monday picked holes in the Delhi Police’s theory about his arrest, questioned his alleged victim’s actions and feared for his brother’s life.
Claiming they had every reason to believe that he had been murdered, Singh’s aged parents huddled with each other in the same modest room where he and four others had apparently made beasts of themselves before setting out to commit a crime that shook the nation’s consciousness.

“They’ll kill him too,” both parents wailed. When asked who ‘they’ could be, Singh’s mother Rama Bai wasn’t completely unsure — just a little uncertain.

“I wasn’t there so how do I know who killed him? The inmates did it; my soul says that he was killed. He couldn’t have killed himself. My son was stronger than that.”

They last met him four days ago.

“When I met him last Wednesday, he told me the entire story again,” Rama said. “He told me he had passed out because he was too drunk. That’s why Mukesh was made to drive.”

She said her and her husband Mange Lal’s only concern now was her younger son, and Singh’s co-accused in the case, Mukesh.

“They’ll do the same with him, you know,” Lal said matter-of-factly.

“I fail to understand how my son, who only had one good arm — the pain in which used to make him cry sometimes after a day of driving the school bus and made me put balm on it  — hung himself like the jail authorities want us to believe he did?”

According to his parents, the events that preceded the sadistic episode aboard the chartered bus on the afternoon of December 16 were completely at variance with the police’s claims.

“There was no party and threw was no chicken cooked inside this house before they went out,” Lal claimed.

“Ram had a court date scheduled four days later and was washing his mother’s clothes at home. Mukesh had just come back from Rajasthan and was sleeping when the juvenile called Ram over the phone.”

“They just caught Ram, but what about the juvenile? He was the one who got her on the bus and was behind the brutality. My son has been killed and he’s being let off because he’s a child? What kind of justice is that?” Lal asked.