STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 12 July
One of the accused in the 16 December gang-rape case, Akshay Thakur, today claimed that he had never seen the 23-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by six persons in a moving bus and had only heard about it.
 Thakur in his statement before Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna also said he was not among the group of men who had raped the girl and assaulted her male friend.
 “I have already said that I was not present in Delhi as I had left for my village on 15 December, 2012. If I was not in Delhi, then how is it possible that I was a member of the group? Even I don’t know the girl and have never seen her,” Akshay told the judge. He denied the allegation of the prosecution that the victim had in her statement written his name.
 “The girl had not written my name. The victim’s statement is fabricated by Delhi police,” the accused said, adding the SHO of Vasant Vihar police station here had told him in the lock-up that “the number of accused in the case is completed”.
 Akshay in his statement further said he was falsely implicated in the case. He also denied the allegation that he along with the other five co-accused had robbed and beaten up Ramadhar, a carpenter, who was lured into the bus before the girl was picked up and gangraped in the moving bus here.
 Appearing as a prosecution witness, the carpenter had identified the four accused, present in the court, as those who had robbed and assaulted him on the night of the incident.
 While recording his statement, Akshay added he does not know why the prosecution witness had deposed against him in the case.
 “I can only say when I was brought to Delhi from my native village, I was badly beaten up at Saket Police lock-up. I was also forced to sign a blank paper at gun point.
 Akshay, also told the judge that during the police remand he was not taken to any place for any recovery. “Whatever evidence they (police) have shown before the court is planted upon me,” Akshay said.