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Police says accused tried to run over Delhi gangrape victim

As the police prepare to submit their charge sheet in the brutal rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi, it has now been revealed that the accused in the bus had reportedly tried to run over the victim after raping and assaulting her in an attempt to murder her.

According to a report, the woman after being thrown from the bus was almost run over by the accused who were in it but was pulled aside in the nick of time by her male companion despite being disoriented from being assaulted.

One of the accused in the bus, Mukesh Singh, had reportedly tried to reverse the bus and run over the woman, the Indian Express reported.

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According to the charge sheet, one of the accused had reportedly taunted the woman's male friend asking why the couple were out so late, and when he retorted the group of men assaulted him and beat him with a rod.

The victim, who tried to defend her companion, was assaulted and pinned down by two of the accused, and her struggle with the accused to free herself has been established through forensic evidence, a Times of India report said.

The five accused were initially booked under sections of rape and assault, and subsequently had other sections like murder and destruction of evidence slapped on them after the death of the victim in a Singapore hospital.

The five accused in the case are Ram Singh, Mukesh, Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma and another accused, who is suspected to be a minor and whose age is currently being verified.

The charge sheet against the accused reportedly runs into 1,000 pages and lists 30 witnesses. The Delhi police today is expected to show the document to a bench of the Delhi High court after which they will submit it before a trial court in Saket.

The Delhi High Court had earlier directed that any document which has to be filed in any court of law in this case must be brought before the High Court for perusal before it is filed in the court concerned.

The police is also expected to receive the post-mortem report from the Singapore hospital today.