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Dec 16 gangrape convicts feel at ease in Tihar

Jatin Anand, Hindustan Times  Delhi, July 16, 2014
First Published: 08:51 IST(16/7/2014) | Last Updated: 10:58 IST(16/7/2014)

The four convicts of the December 16 gang-rape are more at home behind bars at west Delhi’s Tihar Jail now than ever before — but not as friendly with each other as they were on that fateful night.

The Supreme Court on Monday announced a stay on the death sentence of Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur — two of their co-accused had been extended similar clemency by the Apex court in March — eliciting no discernible reaction from them except a shrug of confidence.

“They had been assured by their counsel that no harm would come to them through the Supreme Court; and that’s precisely what has happened,” said a jail official.

“Both of them had been assured the Supreme Court would take note of their age, of how young they are, by their lawyer. Not only do they exhibit an air of confidence now, but they’re already satisfied with what lies ahead: a plea of mercy that they can seek from Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur are pursuing academic courses and have no contact with other co-inmates, including Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh — the other two accused in the gang rape case Jail authorities say that the only time they see each other is on court dates. Even when they are being taken to court, they seldom speak. the President and are confident of securing,” the official added.

Sharma and Thakur have been pursuing academic courses since their stint behind bars commenced soon after their arrests after December 16, 2012 and apparently have no contact with other coinmates as well as the other two men who committed the crime alongside them.

Mukesh and Pawan Gupta, meanwhile, are lodged in a separate jail.

The jail official refused to elaborate in in which enclosure they are lodged due to security All of them have been assured that no harm will come to them and that the apex court will take note of their age. All four are accused of raping a 23-year-old physiotherapist on board a moving bus.

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They had brutally assaulted her and left her for dead. The woman died of her injuries later. Their fifth accomplice, Ram Singh, committed suicide in 2013. concerns but did say that the group of four was lodged in batches of two in jails number five and seven.

The main accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in late 2013 while the juvenile accused has been sent to a reformation home.

“The only time they actually see each other is on court dates; however, even when they are being taken to court, they seldom speak. All of them, except Mukesh, mostly read in their free time,” another official added.


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