NEW DELHI: A defendant on trial over a fatal gang-rape in New Delhi last December is critically ill after being attacked in prison, his lawyer said yesterday, weeks after the main accused died in the same jail.
Vinay Sharma was rushed to the state-run Lok Nayak Hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday with chest injuries after he was assaulted in Tihar Jail, lawyer A. P. Singh said, also alleging that his client’s food had been poisoned.
“He was vomiting blood and running a very high fever. He was also suffering from chest pains. He is in a very critical condition,” Singh said.
The chest pains came after Sharma, 20, was “beaten up and thrashed” by fellow inmates at the maximum-security jail, the lawyer added.
He said the vomiting had been caused by the “slow poisoning” of his food over a period of several weeks.
“He was being given food mixed with poison since the start of this month.
“He was first admitted to the clinic inside the jail but was later moved to a city hospital. He was shifted again to another hospital when his condition worsened” on Tuesday, Singh said.
The head of the hospital refused to comment on the case, while there was no immediate reaction from authorities at Tihar.
One of Sharma’s co-defendants, bus driver Ram Singh, was found hanged in his cell in the same prison in March. Although an inquest ruled he had committed suicide his lawyers allege that he was murdered.