New Delhi: The youngest convict of the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case is now under surveillance over suspected jihadi links, according to the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
Now 21-years-old, the accused was released in December as he was minor back then when the crime was committed. He ended his three-year term in a juvenile reform home after being charged with five others in the brutal attack on 23-year-old woman, dubbed Nirbhaya.
Four adult accused in this case were awarded death penalty by a trail court for the gruesome act, while another accused, Ram Singh, committed suicide in Tihar jail three years ago. Nirbhaya was gang-raped in a moving bus and sustained injuries after being violated with an iron rod. The case is still pending with the Supreme Court
Officials recently have noticed some changes in his activities where he is seen getting close to a Kashmiri cellmate who was involved in the 2011 Delhi high court bombing.
Both the perpetrator and his Kashmiri cellmate shared the same room for more than a year in the reform house. The accused was allegedly indoctrinated by his Kashmiri cellmate who prompted him to take up the cause of Kashmiris.
The Uttar Pradesh officials are now keeping a close eye on his activities.