A man convicted of the rape and gruesome murder of a nursing student in a moving bus on December 16, 2012, told a Delhi court on Thursday that he was thrashed by his fellow Tihar Jail inmates.
In an application requesting security, filed through his lawyer AP Singh, convict Vinay Sharma has said that he was beaten up “very badly” by five or six inmates of the jail on August 15th and 16th. He added that he was fears a risk to his life as some other convicts have been “openly” issuing murder threats to him.
Sharma claimed his left arm was fractured during the attack and moved the application before additional sessions judge Reeteesh Singh. The court has called for a report from Tihar Jail authorities and fixed August 25 to hear the matter.
The application was filed before the court, which was hearing a robbery matter related to the December 16 gangrape, in which Vinay, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh are accused.
In his application, Sharma also said that the March 2013 death of one of the accused, Ram Singh, had filled him with fear that he may suffer the same fate. The authorities said Singh had committed suicide. But his family and lawyers had contended that he had been murdered.
Sources say that Sharma was beaten up by three old-timer prisoners who are all imprisoned for over 10 years. The three are Kamaluddin, convicted of dacoity; Chand, who has multiple convictions including one for robbery; and Dinesh, who is in jail in a drug-related case.
"...on August 15, he was with other inmates of Jail No.2. There he had an argument with some of them -- three of them are old inmates. They did rough him up, but not to the extent that his lawyer AP Singh is saying. Sharma was sent to the hospital and we did apprehend a threat to Vinay and shifted him from Jail No. 2 to Jail No. 5 for his safety."
Jail sources say that Vinay was the "trouble-maker" and hence was "moved."
The torture and subsequent death of the 23-year-old para-medical student, who along with her male friend had been on the way home after watching a movie, Life of Pi, at a south Delhi cinema hall shook the nation to its core. The crime prompted thousands to come out in protests held across the country.
Six men - one of them a juvenile - have been convicted in the case. Last year, when convict Mukesh Singh was filmed blaming the victim in a BBC documentary, fresh outrage erupted.