Ram Singh died of hanging, say doctors

Initial autopsy reports suggested that Ram Singh (33), the main accused in the infamous Delhi gang-rape case, died “due to hanging.” Singh was found hanging in his cell at Tihar jail on Monday.

A three-member team comprising doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said there were no external injuries on Singh. Asked whether it was a case of suicide, they said though a conclusive report could be submitted, as of now it appeared to be a “suicide medico legal case.”

The post-mortem was performed at the AIIMS mortuary from 10:45 am to 12:45 pm. The body was thereafter handed over to Mange Ram, Singh’s father. Mange Ram, accompanied by wife and elder son, left for their native place in Rajasthan’s Karauli. The last rites will be performed there.

The neighbours at the Ravi Das camp did not get to see the body as the family headed straight to their village from the hospital. Reacting on Singh’s death, Sushila, a resident of the camp, said: “He deserved such a death, going by the crime he committed.”

The doctors also said the final autopsy report would be submitted to the police and the judiciary in the next few days. “The final report will be prepared in the next few days,” said a doctor at AIIMS.

Members of Singh’s family reiterated that he was murdered, for there were injury marks on his body and finger marks on his neck. “My brother was killed. I have seen injury marks on the body and finger marks on the throat,” he alleged.

The investigators, however, remained tight-lipped and said probe was going on. Despite quizzing the three persons with whom SIngh shared his cell, the police said many things were yet to be verified. “It’s too early to comment on this. The probe is still on,” said a senior police officer. A judicial inquiry has also been launched.

Singh was lodged in a 15X12 ft cell at the high-priority sub-jail number three inside the jail.

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