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Police protection for witness

A fast track court on Friday directed police to provide for the security of a carpenter,who was allegedly robbed by the six gangrape accused on December 16,2012,and is deposing as a witness in the court.

Written by D K RITURAJ | New Delhi |
July 6, 2013 4:21:55 am

A fast track court on Friday directed police to provide for the security of a carpenter,who was allegedly robbed by the six gangrape accused on December 16,2012,and is deposing as a witness in the court.

The carpenter on Friday claimed before Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Kumar Khanna that four unidentified men had been asking family members for his contact details. The witness on Thursday had identified four of the six accused in the case as having assaulted and robbed him in the bus in which the gangrape is alleged to have taken place later that night.

On being cross-examined by the defence counsel in the court on Friday,the carpenter stuck to his statement that accused Pawan,Vinay and Akshay had misled him into boarding the bus,assaulted him and stole his phone and cash before throwing him onto the IIT flyover. He claimed that while he was being attacked at the rear of the bus,accused Mukesh was driving and the trio were encouraging him to keep driving.

In response to questions by the defence counsel,the witness maintained that he had lodged a FIR on December 18,2012,after he watched a news telecast showing the bus in which the incident had taken place. The witness had earlier deposed before the JJB,which is conducting the proceedings for the minor accused.

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ASJ Khanna also directed police to conduct an investigation into a letter of threat allegedly issued by the Naxal chief of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand,demanding the release accused Akshay Thakur since he hails from a “Naxal area”.

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