Delhi gang-rape accused critical after jail attack

Updated 16 May 2013
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Delhi gang-rape accused critical after jail attack

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.


 


Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

Updated 21 May 2018
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Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

  • Hawaii County officials say sulfur dioxide gas emissions from the vents have tripled
  • People are being urged to stay away from the area

PAHOA, Hawaii: White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean.
Authorities are warning the public to stay away from the toxic steam cloud, which is formed by a chemical reaction when lava touches seawater.
Further upslope, lava is still gushing out of large vents in the ground in a Big Island residential neighborhood.
Hawaii County officials say sulfur dioxide gas emissions from the vents have tripled. At the volcano’s summit, two explosive eruptions unleased clouds of ash on Sunday. Winds carried much of the ash toward the southwest.
Kilauea volcano began erupting lava in the Leilani Estates neighborhood more than two weeks ago.