The six accused in the brutal gang-rape and assault which caused the death of a 23-year-old paramedical student on Saturday morning would be chargesheeted with murder, said police sources.
A police official said that they were awaiting the official death report from the hospital to slam murder charges on the accused.
The Delhi police had earlier charged the rape and attempt to murder case against the six, including a suspected minor. They were booked under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 201 (destruction of evidence), 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, reported PTI.
A police source told IANS that these would now be converted into murder charges under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.
The accused were traced down by the police following the gruesome incident and arrested. They were later sent to Tihar Central Jail. The medical report of an accused who claimed to be a juvenile is awaited.
The girl was raped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus on December 16. A male friend accompanying her was beaten up. Both the girl and her friend were later stripped and thrown off the bus. Initially, the girl was first admitted in Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi and later flown to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, where she died.
The six accused, identified as Ram Singh who was the bus driver, his brother Mukesh, Akshay Thakur, Pavan, Vinay along with the minor whose name has been withheld, are reported to be dwellers of a slum in south Delhi.