Rob­bery case against gan­grape ac­cused: Cop deposes as wit­ness

The Political and Business Daily - - METRO/NCR -

A Delhi Po­lice of­fi­cial to­day told a court here con­duct­ing the trial in a rob­bery case in­volv­ing the De­cem­ber 16 gan­grape ac­cused that one of the of­fend­ers had led the in­ves­ti­ga­tors to the place where they had thrown the vic­tim af­ter rob­bing and as­sault­ing him.

De­pos­ing as a pros­e­cu­tion wit­ness, Delhi Po­lice con­sta­ble Nawal, who was posted at Vas­ant Vi­har po­lice sta­tion here at the time of the in­ci­dent, said one of the ac­cused Mukesh was ar­rested af­ter he was in­ter­ro­gated in con­nec­tion with the rob­bery case.

"The ac­cused (Mukesh) led the po­lice team to IIT flyover, outer Ring road, and pointed out the place where he, along with his co-ac­cused, had thrown the com­plainant af­ter rob­bing and beat­ing him up," he told Ad­di­tional Ses­sions Judge Daya Prakash.

The court, which had on July 15 framed charges of kid­nap­ping and da­coity against the four ac­cused, recorded the state­ment of the wit­ness and listed the mat­ter for fur­ther ev­i­dence on Au­gust 13.

The court had put on trial ac­cused Ak­shay Kumar Singh, Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vi­nay Sharma for the of­fences un­der var­i­ous sec­tions of the IPC, in­clud­ing sec­tions 395 (da­coity) and 365 (kid­nap­ping or ab­duct­ing with in­tent se­cretly and wrong­fully to con­fine a per­son) for al­legedly beat­ing up and rob­bing car­pen­ter Ram Ad­har.

They are ac­cused of com­mit­ting rob­bery be­fore al­legedly rap­ing and as­sault­ing a 23-yearold girl in a mov­ing bus in south Delhi on De­cem­ber 16, last year. The girl died in a Sin­ga­pore hos­pi­tal on De­cem­ber 29.

Key ac­cused Ram Singh was found dead in his cell af­ter he had al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide in Ti­har Jail on March 11. Be­sides them, a ju­ve­nile, who is fac­ing pro­ceed­ings in the gan­grape and mur­der case be­fore Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice Board, was re­cently con­victed by JJB in the rob­bery case.

Dur­ing the record­ing of ev­i­dence, the wit­ness also told the court that Mukesh had also pointed out the spot where they had al­legedly com­mit­ted the rob­bery on De­cem­ber 16 last year.

On be­ing cross-ex­am­ined by le­gal aid coun­sel Asim Ali, who ap­peared for the four ac­cused, the po­lice of­fi­cial de­nied he was ever a part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the case.

The court had on July 15 also framed charges against the ac­cused for of­fences pun­ish­able un­der sec­tions 342 (wrong­fully con­fin­ing any per­son), 394 (per­son vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt in com­mit­ting or at­tempt­ing to com­mit rob­bery), 412 (dis­hon­estly re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty know­ing that it was ob­tained by da­coity) and 34 (com­mon in­ten­tion) of the IPC.

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