Hand-picked cellmates for Uber cabbie in Tihar

  • Prawesh Lama, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 13, 2014 01:22 IST

Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav is spending his time in Tihar jail in a normal cell amid a group of hand-picked inmates, and under constant watch.

The 32-year-old, who allegedly raped a young woman in his cab last week, was brought to the high-security prison on Thursday evening and lodged in cell 18 of ward 10 in jail 1. He ate a late dinner of rotis and two vegetable curries in the cell. He also underwent a medical examination and psychiatric evaluation. Prison doctors told the jail superintendent he was medically fit.

A constable has been posted outside the cell to ensure he isn’t attacked by fellow inmates — given Tihar’s history of those involved in terror, rape and crimes against children being assaulted by other inmates. The 16/12 gang-rape accused, too, had complained to a city court about being tortured by the other prisoners.

The decision not to keep Yadav alone in a cell was deliberate, said jail officials. However, his fellow inmates were all chosen by the superintendent, believing they posed no harm to Yadav.

All of them have been ordered to report his activities.

Till Friday night, Yadav had had no visitors.

“He did not come out of his cell but that may be because he is afraid of the other prisoners,” said a jail official
Sources said he seemed relaxed and confident, though he “was worried when he first stepped into the jail”.

He is eating all his meals and has made no requests, they added.

“He continues to claim he is innocent. He reasoned that if he had raped the woman, he would not have dropped her home,” the official said.

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