The Bihar police on Friday arrested Akshay Thakur, 22, the sixth accused in the Delhi gang-rape case. Thakur, who belongs to the upper caste Rajput community, was arrested this evening in Lahang Karmar village in Bihar’s Aurangabad district. The police told The Hindu that he has admitted to his presence at the scene of the crime.
“We arrested him from his home after we received inputs. A joint raid was conducted by us along with the Delhi police. Our interrogation is on,” told Additional Superintendent of Police Pranav Kumar Praveen.
Thakur, whose father Sarju Singh is a small farmer in the village, worked as a bus conductor in Delhi. The Delhi police will seek Thakur’s transit remand from the chief judicial magistrate, Aurangabad, on Friday night after which Thakur will be taken to Delhi, Mr. Kumar said.
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Ashok Kumar reports from New Delhi:
The fifth accused, who had been evading arrest for almost four days, was picked up in Delhi late on Thursday night.
Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar was the first to break the news on his handle@delhipolice2 with an early morning tweet: “Fifth accused arrested in the rape case. His age being verified before giving details. If minor, we have to hold back his particulars as per law.”
Later, the police said the accused, who claims to be a minor, was apprehended at Anand Vihar and was being treated as a juvenile while claims about his age were being verified.