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Doubts follow jail death in India

Rape suspect was killed, lawyer says

NEW DELHI — Whether he was killed or committed suicide, the jailhouse death Monday of a man on trial in the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman on a New Delhi bus is being viewed as an enormous security failure at one of India’s best-known prisons.

Authorities said Ram Singh, who was accused of driving the bus during the December attack, was in a cell with three other inmates at Tihar Jail in New Delhi when he hanged himself either with his own clothes or a bedsheet about 5:30 a.m. ‘‘This is suicide,’’ Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said.

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