New Delhi, March 20
Two Nirbhaya case convicts had dinner on Thursday night and none of the four had breakfast or a bath before their execution by hanging on Friday morning, a Tihar Jail official said.
Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) — convicted of the gang-rape and murder of the 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in 2012 — were hanged at 5.30 am.
The official said the four convicts did not bathe or change their clothes.
“Vinay and Mukesh had their dinner properly on time. The meal comprised roti, dal, rice and sabzi. Akshay had tea in the evening but did not have dinner. All the four convicts did not have breakfast,” the official said.
The four convicts showed no signs of anxiety since Thursday evening, the official added.
Hours before the execution, Gupta had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the rejection of the second mercy petition by the President.
The court, in an unprecedented late-night hearing that began at 2.30 am and lasted an hour, dismissed his plea, paving the way for the execution.
It also refused to pass any direction allowing Gupta and Akshay Singh to meet their families before they were sent to the gallows. PTI
Bodies of Nirbhaya convicts taken out of Tihar for post-mortem
New Delhi, March 20
The bodies of four Nirbhaya case convicts, hanged at Tihar Jail on Friday morning, were taken to DDU Hospital for post-mortem, an official said.
According to the official, a panel of doctors will perform post-mortem examination on the bodies at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital later in the day.
The four men -- Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma(26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) -- convicted of the gang rape and murder of the 23-year-old physiotherapy intern were hanged at 5.30 am. PTI
4 convicts executed for the 1st time in Tihar
New Delhi: As the four convicts in Nirbhaya rape and murder case were hanged at 5.30 a.m. on Friday in Tihar Jail, a new chapter was added to the books of the largest complex of prisons in South Asia.
This was the first time that four convicts were hanged here in one go.
It though was the second incident when four executions were carried out in the country since Independence.
First time it happened in Pune on October 25, 1983 when Rajendra Jakkal, Dilip Sutar, Shantaram Jagtap and Munawar Shah were hanged at the Yerwada central jail for the murder of 10 people between January 1976 and March 1977. Jakkal, Sutar and Jagtap were students of Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya while Shah was their friend studying in a commerce college.
Pawan Jallad, who comes from a family of hangmen, executed the hanging of Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Mukesh Singh and Pawan Gupta at Tihar jail.
The Director General of Tihar Jail, Sandeep Goel, Inspector General Rajkumar Sharma, Jail No. 3 Superintendent Sunil and legal officers didn’t come out of the jail premises since Wednesday.
After the hanging was executed, Pawan Jallad was sent back to Meerut amid tight security. IANS
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