Sixth 'rapist' in Delhi for over six years

New Delhi, Jan. 10: The sixth accused in the December 16 gang rape, who claims he is a juvenile, had left his Uttar Pradesh village and come to Delhi in search of a job six years ago.

The detail emerged in the family background report prepared by Delhi police, who said the alleged minor "fled" his hamlet in Badaun district.

"He is the eldest among five siblings ' two sisters and three brothers. His father is mentally challenged and his mother does farming to raise the children. He fled from his village about six-and-a-half years ago and reached Delhi in search of a job," said a senior police official.

The accused ' who is 17 years and six months, according to his school certificate in Badaun where he studied till Class III ' has been kept at a juvenile correctional home in the capital.

The family background report will be placed before the Juvenile Justice Board, which is hearing his case.

At the last hearing on January 7, the police had challenged the school age certificate. The principal of the school, who issued the certificate, had also appeared before the board.

After reaching Delhi, the suspect got a job as a waiter at a hotel in Trilokpuri, east Delhi, where he worked for five months. "After that he worked for a milkman in Khoda village beside Trilokpuri for around eight months. He then left the milkman and started working at a roadside eatery selling chhole bhature on the highway connecting Uttar Pradesh," the official said.

He worked there for nearly two months before joining a dhaba. "It was at this dhaba that he met Ram Singh, the bus driver and the main accused in the rape-cum-murder case. Singh, who used to drive a private bus at that time, offered him a job as a helper. He readily agreed and started working for him," the official added.

He worked as a helper on Singh's bus for about six months in Noida. Then they both left the job.

"The alleged juvenile joined another bus and started working as a helper where he worked for six months. After that he started working as a helper on a Blueline bus," the official said.

About five months back, he again met Singh, who owed him Rs 8,000. "He demanded his money. Singh asked him to keep in touch and assured him a job," the official said.

Singh, who used to stay in a slum, Ravi Dass Camp, in south Delhi, had got a new job in January last year and started driving the chartered bus that used to ferry school children.

A week before the gang rape, the alleged juvenile had phoned Singh, who asked him to come over to his place on December 15.

The next day ' the day of the incident ' Singh asked his younger brother, Mukesh, and friends Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay to come over in the afternoon. "They cooked chicken, drank alcohol and partied till evening. After that Ram Singh asked them to go for a joyride in the chartered bus and pick up a girl for making merry," police sources said.

A police official said the sixth accused had begged for pardon soon after his arrest on December 18. "Galti ho gayee hai. Mujhe maaf kardo (I have made a mistake. Pardon me)," the official recounted him as saying.