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Tihar probe into Ram Singh's death nails 3

  • Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Sep 08, 2013 12:36 IST
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    Brother, mother, Ram Bai, and father, Mange Lal Singh (L-R) of Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which a young woman was gangraped ...

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    Father and mother of Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which a young woman was brutally gangraped and fatally injured on December 16, sit ...

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    Police personnel stand alert outside Ram Singh's, the main accused in the Delhi gangrape, residence in New Delhi. (HT Photo/Sunil Saxena)

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    Policemen stand outside Tihar Jail in New Delhi. Ram Singh, the prime accused in the Delhi gangrape case, allegedly committed suicide at Tihar jail. (PTI ...

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    An ambulance comes out of Tihar Jail in New Delhi. Ram Singh, the prime accused in the Delhi gangrape case, allegedly committed suicide at Tihar ...

  • Ram Singh

    Father of Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which a young woman was gangraped and fatally injured on December 16, sit inside their ...

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    Ram Singh, prime accused in the Delhi gangrape case, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar jail. (PTI Photo)

  • Ram Singh

    Ram Bai, mother of Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which a young woman was gangraped and fatally injured on December 16, wails ...

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    Mange Lal Singh (L) and Ram Bai (R), father and mother of Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which a young woman was ...

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    Mange Lal Singh (L) and Ram Bai (R), father and mother of Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which a young woman was ...

Tihar's probe into Delhi gangrape accused Ram Singh's alleged suicide has found three jail officials, including a warden, guilty of dereliction of duty.

A jail warder tasked with keeping an eye on the 33-year-old and other inmates of 20-odd cells in Tihar's sub-jail three bunked his eight-hour shift on the intervening night of March 10-11, a source said, adding: "There was no watch guard that night."

The probe, whose findings are being kept confidential, also pointed a finger at a warden of the rank of assistant jail superintendent and another watch guard.

"That night, the warden apparently stayed immobile at his position," said another source, citing CCTV footage. 

"As a result, it was a security guard of the Tamil Nadu Special police - which secures the prison's inner perimeter - who found Singh hanging at 5.45am on Monday.

The security guards periodically patrol the wards," the source said.

Singh - found hanging from an improvised rope from a metal frame on the ceiling - was allegedly depressed about the fate that awaited him, his cellmates have said.

But the jail official who assessed him found him to be of no danger to himself and did not refer him for counselling, the sources said.

When contacted, director general (Delhi prisons) Vimla Mehra declined to comment on the probe or its findings.

Tihar houses 12,113 inmates, double its official capacity, but reportedly has 280 posts of watch guards lying vacant.

All three of Singh's cellmates have claimed they neither heard nor saw anything as they were asleep in an adjoining enclosure. There was no CCTV in the cell.

 

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