December 16 gangrape convict claims attack in Tihar jail

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) One of the December 16, 2012 gang rape convicts told a court here on Thursday that he was beaten up and abused by inmates at Tihar Jail and sought security.

Claiming that he was attacked on August 15 and 16 by other inmates and his hand and leg had been fractured, Vinay Sharma moved an application before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh that requested he be provided security.

The court will hear the matter on August 25.

The convicts — Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Mukesh and Pawan Gupta — are being tried for allegedly beating up and robbing carpenter Ram Adhar, before raping and assaulting a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist in a moving bus here December 16, 2012.

They have been sentenced to death in the rape case by a trial court, which was confirmed by the Delhi High Court. The matter is now pending in the Supreme Court.

Fifth accused, Ram Singh, had committed suicide in Tihar Jail in March 2013 and the sixth was a juvenile.

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