New Delhi: Terming the shocking case of gang-rape of a 23-year-old para-medical student in Delhi most reprehensible incident, Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar said on Tuesday that four culprits have been arrested, while two others are on the run.
Addressing a press conference, amid massive outrage in the country, including inside the Parliament, Kumar said the Delhi Police will request the court to put the case through a fast-track court so as to ensure that the guilty are punished at the earliest.
The accused would also be booked for attempt to murder, the police later added.
The four arrested for the crime are: Bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma a gym instructor, Pawan Gupta - a fruit seller. Two others are absconding and will be nabbed soon, the Commissioner said.
The girl, along with a male friend, had boarded a chartered bus with tinted glass windows from Munirka in South Delhi around 9.45 PM to go to Dwaraka after watching a movie. As soon as the bus started to move, the group of men present inside the bus assaulted them with an iron rod.
The woman was beaten up and raped by the men inside the bus. There were seven men in the bus. Both the woman and her male friend, who was also beaten up when he resisted, were thrown off the bus near Mahipalpur.
The Delhi Police chief said that the bus was washed after the crime to eliminate evidence. Most of the accused are residents of the slum in Sector three, RK Puram.
Later main accused Ram Singh was produced in court where he refused to undergo identification test. The court sent him to five-day police custody.
A media report quoting Delhi Police officials claimed that the accused have told investigators that they tortured and raped the girl to ‘teach her a lesson’ after she tried to prevent them from assaulting her friend.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde informed the Lok Sabha that the guilty will be punished at the earliest and that he will personally follow the progress in the case.
Shinde also said that efforts would be made to ensure that the guilty are tried in a fast-track court.
Admitted to a city hospital, the victim is "better than yesterday" but she is still "not out of danger", doctors attending on her said on Tuesday.
First Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 09:20