Two Delhi gangrape convicts shifted to convict jail
Jail officers say the duo sought their help to appeal the verdict in a higher court
Two convicts in the December 16 gang-rape case were shifted to Tihar convict jail yesterday. “Mukesh, 26, and Akshay Thakur, 28, have been shifted to jail number five (convict jail),” said an officer at the Tihar jail.
They were earlier lodged in jail number four before being convicted and sentenced to death by a court on Friday. The other two, Pawan Gupta, 19, and Vinay Sharma, 20, have been lodged in jail number seven, a jail for inmates aged below 21.
On Friday, all the four convicts returned from court and donned white kurta pyjamas. They sought Tihar’s officers’ help in appealing to a higher court. “The convicts told us they wanted our help for appealing in a higher court. They were, however, a bit sad and did not interact much with other inmates. They took dinner and slept timely,” the officer added.
The four men who were convicted on Tuesday were sentenced to death by a court in the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in a moving bus December 16, 2012. The trial court’s decision to give them death penalty will now be sent to the Delhi High Court for endorsement and the process may take about a month, said the jail official.