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Dhananjoy faces gallows today, donates eyes, kidneys
Subhrangshu Gupta

Kolkata, August 13
Finding his death inescapable after a Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court rejected a petition seeking commutation of his death sentence, Dhananjoy Chatterjee, the rapist and killer of 14-year-old schoolgirl Hetal Parekh, today showed a novel gesture by donating his eyes and kidneys for the cause of humanity.

He also desired that his body should be utilised for the use of medical students.

Dhananjoy will be hanged to death at 4.30 am tomorrow at Alipore Central Jail. According to the prevalent practice, the body will be handed over to his relatives for performing the last rites. The state’s lone hangman, Nata Mallick will act as Dhananjoy’s hangman.

The state government was, however, informed by the district authorities of Dhananjoy’s hometown in Bankura that his parents and the relatives did not want to take his body since their prayer for returning him alive had been rejected.

But the Jail Minister, Mr Biswanath Chowdhury, said they were still persuading Dhananjoy’s relatives to come to Kolkata for taking the body to perform the last rites.

However, if the family members ultimately did not agree, Dhananjoy’s body would be handed over to the Hindu Satkar Samiti, a voluntary organisation, for the last rites.

Dhananjoy, who had been told about the Supreme Court’s rejection of the petition, spent a sleepless night yesterday, screaming and crying all the time in his condemned cell No 3. At times, he could be heard loudly shouting ‘slokas’ from the Gita. He also cried loudly in the name of his father. When the jail authorities asked Dhananjoy parents and wife, he did not reply. Home Secretary A.K. Deb said Dhananjoy was physically fit and sound but as death was approaching, his behaviour was becoming erratic.

UNI adds: With barely hours to go before the noose tighens around Dhananjoy’s neck, his wife, Poornima, also wants her own death.

“Why do they not hang me along with my husband? Why can’t they do something to bring an end to my years of suffering?” asks Poornima.

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