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Ram Singh's father has expressed doubt on the official version of events that led to his death in prison.
Mange Lal Singh said:
The father of Ram Singh has told the BBC that his son had a badly injured hand and could not have hanged himself.
Mangelal Singh said he had received threats from other prisoners and guards, and had been raped in prison by other inmates.
"My son has not committed suicide" he said.
The lawyer of Ram Singh has told the BBC that there was nothing to suggest he would commit suicide.
VK Anand said: "This is shocking news. There were no circumstances to suggest that he would commit suicide. He was happy with the trial, it was going smoothly."
Ram Singh was to appear before a fast track court on Monday in Saket, south Delhi, which is hearing the gang rape case.
Jail officials said that Singh, 33, was to be woken up by 5.30am to be taken to Saket Court.
The guard spotted him this morning.
All the five accused lodged in Delhi’s high-security Tihar Prison had been moved to isolated cells after being subjected to taunting and ill-treatment by other inmates of the jail.
The accused had also said they had been threatened by other convicts.
Ram Singh's lawyer, V.K. Anand, confirmed to Reuters he had committed suicide, but did not give details.
The 20-year-old brother of the victim told Reuters he was "not very thrilled with the news."
"He knew he was going to die anyway because we had and still have such a strong case against him," he said.
"Him dying on his own terms seems unfair. But, oh well, one is down. Hopefully the rest will wait for their death sentence."
A senior police official told the Associated Press news agency that a man accused in the Delhi gang rape case had committed suicide in jail.
One of the men accused in the Delhi gang rape case has committed suicide in jail, according to Indian TV station NDTV.
Ram Singh, who drove the bus involved in the attack on a 23-year-old medical student, was found dead in the early hours of Monday morning, the report said.
Singh was the main accused of five men and a juvenile who were put on trial for the attack on the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist.
The assault triggered nationwide protests and an intense debate about rampant crime against women in India.