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Gangrape accused fell inside van and fractured his hand: Tihar official to court

A superintendent of Tihar jail submitted a report before the fast-track court of ASJ Yogesh Khanna on Saturday after he was summoned by the court and asked to respond to allegations by Delhi gangrape accused Vinay Sharma that he was “brutally assaulted” by fellow inmates.

Written by Sumegha Gulati | New Delhi | Published: April 7, 2013 1:41:19 am

A superintendent of Tihar jail submitted a report before the fast-track court of ASJ Yogesh Khanna on Saturday after he was summoned by the court and asked to respond to allegations by Delhi gangrape accused Vinay Sharma that he was “brutally assaulted” by fellow inmates.

The superintendent of Jail No. 7 said a probe was conducted in the matter as directed by the court. Sharma’s counsel had claimed that his right arm was fractured after he was beaten by fellow inmates on Thursday night.

The superintendent said Vinay was questioned and he stated on record that his injury was sustained on April 4 when he fell inside the police van while returning from the court. He said the injury had “nothing to do” with his stay in Tihar jail.

“Vinay had told me that he had fallen off the seat inside the police van on April 4 when the driver suddenly applied the brakes. He fell and the body weight came on his arm,causing the fracture,” he told Newsline after the court proceedings ended.

The superintendent told the court that Vinay had complained of chest pain on Thursday. He was examined in the jail dispensary. Later,he was taken to DDU hospital where he denied having any pain.

“He was examined by doctors from three different departments — emergency,medical and orthopaedic. Sharma told doctors at the hospital that his right elbow was hurting. He was referred to the orthopaedic department and upon examination,his fracture was identified. He was also examined by doctors of GB Pant hospital,” he said.

The jail superintendent said the investigating officials also examined the CCTV footage of the accused’s movement inside and outside the cell. Guards of Tamil Nadu police and jail officials are keeping a tight vigil after Ram Singh,another accused in the case,ended his life,he said.

“The six inmates who stay with Sharma were also questioned at length. We have come to the conclusion that there was no fight between inmates,” he told the court.

Sharma’s counsel,however,argued that the CCTV only covered the cells and not the bathroom area. “The culprits took Sharma behind the bathroom and beat him up there,” advocate A P Singh said.

The court directed the jail superintendent to “ensure” complete security to all accused in the gangrape case.

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