7.09 pm Post mortem of Ram Singh's body tomorrow
The post mortem of the body of Delhi gangrape accused Ram Singh, who allegedly committed suicide this morning, will be conducted tomorrow at AIIMS.
Sources said that the Delhi Police was unable to submit the required papers to the hospital for the post mortem to be conducted today.
Singh's family will be handed over the body tomorrow, they said.
Officials had initial said that the post mortem will be conducted at Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital.
5.08 pm: How Delhi jails try and prevent suicide
The Delhi jail manual is silent about ‘suicide watch’, but here is what it says about inmates in need of medical supervision:
As per the jail manual, the deputy superintendent of the prison shall inform the medical officer or medical subordinate about any inmate in need of medical attention.
It is the duty of the deputy superintendent to execute all written directions given by the medical officer or medical subordinate respecting alteration of the discipline or treatment of any such prisoner.
Any action taken or suggestions made by both the medical officer and the deputy superintendent should be reflected in the prisoner’s history ticket or in such other record directed by the government that the jail might be maintaining.
The history ticket of every prisoner shall be retained in safe custody in the event of his death for a maximum period of two years.
4.47 pm: Did Tihar ignore psychiatric evolution saying Ram Singh was depressed?
The Times Now channel quoting sources, reported that a psychiatric evolution had been carried out on Ram Singh as recently as January, which had shown that he had displayed signs of depression. However jail officials reportedly told the channel that most new inmates showed signs of depression as they are brought into the jail, adding that he had not displayed any signs of suicide.
4.00 pm: Shinde addresses media on Ram Singh's suicide
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde admitted that there was a lapse in the security measures in Tihar jail. "Ram Singh's death is a major security lapse, I agree."
Addressing the media on Ram Singh's suicide, Shinde said that a magisterial inquiry will be conducted into death of Ram Singh, an accused in the Delhi gangrape who committed suicide inside Tihar jail today morning.
Shinde said that preliminary reports suggest Ram Singh committed suicide. However, he said that conclusions can't be reached in the case before the probe is over.
Meanwhile ANI News tweeted out this image of officials taking Singh's body for a post mortem:
Body of Ram Singh brought to AIIMS for postmortem pic.twitter.com/eEOoak20ML
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 11, 2013
1.50 pm: Tihar jail issues official statement on Ram Singh suicide
Following Ram Singh's death in Tihar jail, the authorities have issued an official statement. The authorities say that the cause of Ram Singh's death will be known only after the autopsy report.
The authorities have submitted a report to the government on the alleged suicide of Ram Singh, one of the accused in the December 16 gangrape case. The submission of the report to the Union Home Ministry came after it sought details from the prison authorities.
"We have submitted the report providing details about the incident," a jail official said.
"Inquiry is on, so it would be premature to comment. All facts will be looked into by the Magistrate," said Vimla Mehra, DG, Tihar jail.
1. 10pm: Defence lawyers demand additional security for gangrape accused
The chorus by defence lawyers for additional security for the four gangrape accused and demand for a high level inquiry into the death of the prime accused Ram Singh is growing.
Ram Singh, prime accused in the Delhi gangrape case, allegedly committed suicide in the early hours of Monday morning.
"We demand a high level judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the High Court or retired judge of the Supreme Court," said Vivek Sharma, defence counsel for Pawan Gupta.
Reacting to the death of Ram Singh, Sharma said, "In a high security jail, occurrence of such an incident is condemnable and raises serious suspicions on the security of the accused persons. We will move an application for seeking security."
Going even further, defence lawyer for Akshay Thakur and Vinay Sharma, A P Singh has said he will seek a CBI inquiry. "It is murder. We want a CBI inquiry. If Tihar Jail can't provide them security, release them on bail," said Singh reacting to Ram Singh's death.
1.15 pm: Delhi police asked Tihar authorities to keep tight vigil?
Times Now reports that Delhi police had asked Tihar jail authorities to keep tight vigil on Ram Singh and other Delhi gangrape accused. They were reportedly aware that something like this could happen. Did they suspect anything from before?
1.00 pm: Fast track court informed of Ram Singh's death
The fast track has been informed of Ram Singh's death in Tihar Jail. Court is expected to pass a formal order at 2 pm in the presence of the defence lawyers seeking a verification report from investigation officer tomorrow.
12. 20 pm: Team formed to conduct Ram Singh's autopsy
A three member team has been formed to conduct Ram Singh's post-mortem at Deen Dayal hospital.
Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that investigation should take place in the incident and the guilty should be punished.
12. 02 pm: Ram Singh's lawyer wants gangrape trial to be shifted from Delhi
Ram Singh's lawyer VK Anand said that he will try to shift the trial from Delhi to some other city. "I may go to the Supreme court asking to shift the case from Delhi to any other city," he said.
11.20 am: Sheila Dikshit refuses to comment on Ram Singh suicide case
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit met Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over the alleged suicide of Ram Singh, the main accused in the Delhi gangrape case. However, the chief minister refused to comment on the incident.
"I don't know anything about Ram Singh's case. I have informed Sushil Kumar Shinde about Ram Singh's custodial death. It would be wrong to comment on this incident until the magisterial level enquiry is not over," Dikshit said.
11.00 am: Security of other accused increased
Following Ram Singh's alleged suicide, the security of the four other accused in the Delhi gangrape case has been increased. They will be produced in the trial court later on Monday.
'Need to protect the right of victims and suspects'
One of the lawyers in the Delhi gangrape case blamed the media in the way they deal with these cases, in turn demonising the accused. "These kind of things show that there is something seriously wrong with the way we deal with these cases. The way the media handles these cases is regrettable. They declare them guilty, hound and demonize them. They don't the respect rule of law," he said.
"We need to consider the desirability of putting a bar on revealing identity of suspects in India. Everyone, the sibling, relations, gets demonised. We need to protect rights of suspects and victims in equal measure."
10.25 am: Ram Singh's parents says he has been murdered
Ram Singh's father alleged that he did not commit suicide, but was murdered. "He has not committed suicide, he has been murdered. There should be a CBI inquiry into his death"
His mother also believed that Ram Singh did not commit suicide, reported ANI news. "He couldn't have committed suicide. He admitted to his mistake. Even God forgives, he could have pleaded for mercy," she said.
One of the lawyer in Delhi gangrape case also alleged that Ram Singh was murdered. "What do you mean killed himself? He has been killed in prison," said AP Singh, lawyer in the Delhi gangrape case to news agency AFP.
Ram Singh's family wants a CBI inquiry to determine how he died. His parents, who are from Rajasthan, say they met with him recently and he shared that he was beaten up when he was first brought to prison, and mistreated by other inmates.
Update: Ram Singh's body sent to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for autopsy
10.13 am: Inmates of Ram Singh's cell being questioned over his suicide
The other inmates of the cell in which Ram Singh was lodged in Tihar Jail are being questioned over his suicide. The guard on duty outside the cell and the warden will also be questioned.
Update: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to meet Home Minister Sushi Kumar Shinde at 11 am
10.00 am: 'Since Afzal Guru's hanging, Ram Singh was in mental pressure'
Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh said that Ram Singh's suicide will affect the Delhi gangrape trial. "He was the main accused of the case and we were waiting for him to be hanged. I think it is a matter of surprise that he hanged himself inside the jail. Police administration is in question."
"Since the hanging of Afzal Guru it seems he was in mental pressure. If an accused is hanged then it will pressurise others,
It is necessary to maintain the fear in the minds of the criminal," she added.
9.45 am: No CCTV cameras outside Ram Singh's cell?
According to CNN-IBN sources, there were no CCTV cameras outside the cell that the Delhi gangrape accused Ram Singh was lodged in. This raises more questions on the Tihar Jail authorities as the Delhi Police had earlier written to the prisons department to keep these under trials under tight vigil.
9.44 am: Ram Singh was not alone when he committed suicide, says jail official
RPN Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs, said that an inquiry has been ordered by Tihar jail authorities on Ram Singh's suicide case.
"There is already an inquiry which has been ordered by Tihar Jail on suicide of the main accused. We are enquiring into the matter," he said.
A senior jail official said that Singh was not alone in the cell when he committed suicide. "Other inmates were present and a guard was also posted. But nobody came to know about it. Around 5 am, he was found hanging," the official said.
Singh, prone to violent behaviour and mood swings, had suicidal tendencies and was under "suicide watch," the official added.
Singh, who was to be produced before court for its daily hearing, was rushed to the jail hospital where he was declared brought dead. His body will be taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for post mortem. Forensic experts have visited the Jail premises to collect samples.
Magisterial level inquiry ordered into Ram Singh suicide case
9.00 am: Delhi gangrape victim's brother says Ram Singh should have been hanged publicly
The Delhi gangrape victim's brother expressed shock at Ram Singh's suicide and said that Ram Singh should have been hanged publicly. "He should have faced the gallows and should have been hanged publicly." He, however, did not blame the Tihar authorities for negligence. "If someone wants to commit suicide they will do it anyway, so we cannot blame anyone."
"Ram Singh was aware that there was strong evidence against him and that he was going to get death penalty. The case is going on a daily basis and by April we will know the verdict," he said.
"I think he would have felt guilty about the incident. Because he did a wrong thing by hurting an innocent person in such a brutal manner. I want the trial to be completed at the earliest. All other accused in the case should get death sentence, " he added.
8. 55 am: Delhi police says suicide won't affect Delhi gangrape trial
Delhi Police sources say the suicide won't affect their inquiry as they had collected required evidence in the case and that Ram Singh's interrogation was complete.
But the suicide raises serious questions on the Tihar jail authorities as Ram Singh was under 'suicide watch'. The Tihar Jail authorities have ordered an inquiry into the incident and a post-mortem will be conducted on Ram Singh's body soon.
8. 50 am: All five accused in Delhi gangrape were under suicide watch
Earlier in January, there were reports that all five accused in the Delhi gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old were under "suicide watch" after they stopped interacting with other jail inmates and amongst themselves.
Authorities in the Tihar Central Jail had reportedly said the five - the sixth accused is a juvenile and lodged separately - were not even talking to one another or to others in their barracks. "They just sit and brood," a jail source had said. The "suicide watch" is an alert that the five could possibly harm themselves. A senior officer had been asked to monitor their activities.
"We are putting all kinds of check on them to keep them away from (committing) any untoward incident. They are basically on suicide watch," a jail official had told IANS, speaking on condition of anonymity. Officials, however, said the five, against whom police filed a chargesheet in court Thursday, face no threat from other prisoners.
8.38am: Ram Singh was not depressed, says lawyer
Even as Ram Singh wanted the case to be transferred out of Delhi, his lawyer VK Anand on Monday said he was under no stress.
"There was no sign he was depressed. Mentally he seemed fine." he also said that Ram Singh was very happy with the way the trial was going on. "I am shocked to hear this news. There were security concerns, so we wanted the case to be transferred out of Delhi, but Ram Singh was not under stress," Anand added.
8.30 am: Forensic team reaches Tihar Jail to probe Delhi gangrape accused Ram Singh's alleged suicide.
8.25 am: Former NCW chairperson says Delhi gangrape case has been jeopardized
Poornima Advani, former NCW chairperson said that Ram Singh's suicide will impact the Delhi gangrape case. After this case grabbed so much public and media attention even before the govt could implement the Verma committee this suicide has taken place. I am shocked that such an incident took place inside Tihar. It is a serious security lapse, Delhi gangrape case has been seriously jeopardized," she said.
What were the charges levelled against Ram Singh?
IPC Sec 302: MURDER
IPC Sec 376 GANGRAPE
IPC Sec 377 UNNATURAL OFFENCE
IPC Sec 201 DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE
IPC Sec 307 ATTEMPT TO MURDER
IPC Sec 365 KIDNAPPING OR ABDUCTION
IPC Sec 396 DACOITY WITH MURDER
IPC Sec 34 COMMON INTENTION
IPC Sec 394 VOLUNTARILY CAUSING HURT
IPC Sec 395 DACOITY
IPC Sec 120-B CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY
8.15 am: Ram Singh suicide not surprising, says Kiran Bedi
Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi said that Ram Singh's suicide is not surprising. " Such accused have strong propensity towards suicide.Don't want to jump to conclusions because inquiry will reveal if he was on extra watch, if that was enough and if it was the right kind of watch."
Where a prison inmate loses hope&knows he has no chance of getting away he does look for opportunities to take his own life inside jail!
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) March 11, 2013
8.00am: Vrinda Grover demands judicial enquiry
Lawyer and Human Rights activist Vrinda Grover said that a judicial inquiry must be held in this case. "A person has died in custody. it is mandatory to hold a judicial inquiry in this case. Its not that we are supposed to say that beacuse he was in custody it diesn't matter. It has to be established through an inquiry that there was no other reason why or how this person died. Its not about holding someone responsible. Only an inquiry can tell us what were the cicumstances of his death.
7.45 am: NCW Chairperson questions Tihar jail authorities
Questioning the Tihar jail authorities, NCW Chairperson Mamata Sharma said that there must be an inquiry to find out why enough precautionary measures were not taken. "The most vital question now is, inspite of all the precautions taken by the jail authorities inside Tihar, how did Ram Singh commit suicide? Inquiry into this matter is of utmost importance now. This suicide has raised a lot of questions like who were the guards at the time of suicide and why weren't enough precautionary measures taken?" she asked.
Sharma said that Ram Singh's suicide does not change the case as the other accused in the Delhi gangrape case will still be punished for their act.
7.00 am: Main accused in Delhi gangrape, Ram Singh, commits suicide
The main accused in the Delhi gangrape case, Ram Singh, committed suicide today morning inside the Tihar Jail by hanging himself.
Ram Singh, one of the six accused in the Delhi gangrape case, was the driver of the bus in which the 23-year-old paramedical student was raped.
Reports indicate that Ram Singh committed suicide in Tihar Jail by hanging himself with his own cloth.