“Leave us alone and please go. He is now dead and we have had enough,” pleaded the mother of Ram Singh with folded hands as she broke down before a group of photographers all eager to click images of her and her husband outside their house hours after their son’s death.

This was the same house at Ravi Dass Camp in R.K. Puram where the couple’s sons, Ram Singh and Mukesh, both accused in the infamous gang-rape-cum-murder case of last December, lived before they were arrested for the alleged crime.

Ram Singh’s parents had come to Delhi from their ancestral village in Rajasthan a week ago and had been living there ever since, said Asha, a relative of the accused duo who lives next door.

Asha could be seen consoling the parents soon after they returned from Tihar Jail where Ram Singh was found hanging in the early hours of Monday. Visibly aggrieved and somewhat enraged, Ram Singh’s father Mange Lal alleged that his son was murdered.

Soon after Ram Singh and his brother were arrested for the brutal gang-rape and assault of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, area residents had claimed that he was short-tempered and impulsive and would often pick up fights with them.

On Monday evening, however, the neighbours refused to comment.