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Delhi gang-rape accused wanted to kill victim, prosecution says

Final arguments being heard in Nirbhaya case

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New Delhi: During final arguments in the December 16, 2012, gangrape case yesterday, the Delhi police told a city court that the accused had a clear intention to kill the victim so that no witness of the horrific incident was left behind.

Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan told Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna that the intestine of the gang-rape victim, dubbed Nirbhaya by the Indian media, was so damaged that it was “impossible for her to survive”.

He said the accused also tried to kill the gang-rape victim’s male friend, who was also present in the bus with her.

Krishnan said the woman and her friend were dragged by their hair from the rear of the bus to the front and thrown out of the moving vehicle.

The prosecution added: “Later they tried to crush them under the wheels, but it was their fate which kept them alive. The modus operandi of the accused shows their conduct, that they were on roads to satisfy their lust.”

Accused Ram Singh (who is dead)), his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and a juvenile are accused in the case.

The woman succumbed to her injuries December 29, 2012, while undergoing treatment in a Singapore hospital.

The juvenile is facing proceedings before a Juvenile Justice Board, while the four other accused are standing trial in a fast-track court.

The Juvenile Justice Board is likely to pronounce its order on August 31.

Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail, where he was lodged.