Punish him if he is found guilty, says accused's dad

Police were buzzing around all day on Tuesday at Ravi Das Camp in RK Puram sector-3, where the six gang rape accused live. Since Monday, police officers have been frequenting the camp that houses some 200 families after they traced the white chartered bus.

All the four arrested accused — school bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh Singh, fruit seller Pawan Gupta alias Kallu and gym instructor Vijay Sharma — live in this area. Another two absconding men also live here.

Police found the white bus with the label 'Yadav' parked at RK Puram sector-3.
“Once the bus was confirmed, we checked and found Ram Singh in the vehicle," said a police officer. He was picked up by investigators, who were desperately looking for the six accused.

After Ram broke down, police conducted several raids at the camp to nab the other persons.

Hari Ram Sharma, father of 20-year-old Vijay Sharma, told Deccan Herald, “Four to five persons claiming to be police officers came on Monday night, saying they wanted to question him over some issue, and will send him back. But Vijay did not return. Police came later and asked for his school marksheets.”

Left around 8 pm

Hari Ram, who works as a loader at the airport, said Pawan came to their place on Sunday night and he and his son left together around 8 pm. 

“Vijay returned home at around 10.15. He had his food and slept. He did not go to gym the next day as it was closed,” he said.

His father said if he was found to be involved in the gang rape, then he would end all relations with him. “If he has committed such a shameless act, he must be given a strict punishment for it,” he said.  

While the houses of both the brothers — Ram Singh and Mukesh Singh — were locked, neighbours said they were usually drunk during evening.

The brothers, who hail from Rajasthan, were also ruffians and often used to have marijuana and parties at their home.

Father supports son

Another accused Pawan’s father Hari Lal Gupta pleaded that his son was innocent. He said drinking was the only bad habit he had and occasionally he used to smoke.

“On Sunday, Mukesh came and he went along with him. He returned home at around 11 pm. On Monday, when he was at the stall in sector 1 market we came to know that police had arrested him. We rushed to the stall and found him missing. We heard that he was involved in gang rape,” Hari Lal Gupta said. 

Though he believes his son to be innocent, he accepted that Pawan was with his friend Ram and Mukesh on Sunday night.

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