The father of a dead Indian rape suspect says his son was murdered by his cellmates and had wounds on his body.
Prison authorities have said Ram Singh, 34, committed suicide yesterday in his cell at Delhi’s maximum-security Tihar Jail.
But his family and lawyer have claimed he was murdered.
Speaking today after examining his son’s body, Mange Lal Singh said he had found “multiple injuries” including marks on his chest and face and an injured eye.
“My son was murdered by the three inmates in his cell,” he shouted before being ushered away by policemen.
The findings of the post-mortem, which was carried out this morning, will be presented at the court where Singh was on trial for murder, rape and kidnapping.
The Government has ordered an inquiry into the death, with Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde calling it a “major lapse”.
Singh was on trial with four other men over the fatal December 16 attack on a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who was lured on to a bus and repeatedly raped.
Officials at Tihar Prison said Singh committed suicide before dawn on Monday morning.
His lawyer and newspapers have questioned how the heavy-drinking bus driver - who had a damaged arm from a road accident - had managed to hang himself without waking the other men in his cell or being seen by a guard.
Singh was accused by police of being the ringleader in the gang-rape. His parents said yesterday he was ready to accept his punishment and had confessed privately to taking part.
On the night of the attack, the suspects allegedly gathered at Singh’s home for food and drinks before taking the bus for a joyride, luring on board passengers who mistook the vehicle for genuine public transport.Singh and his co-accused pleaded not guilty.
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