Hangman Pawan Jallad on Wednesday performed the dummy execution of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case today. The hangman had arrived at Tihar jail late on Tuesday. A total of nearly 7 dummy executions have so far been performed at the Tihar jail. The four convicts are slated to be hanged 5:30 am on March 20.
#तिहाड़जेल में आज फिर हुई डमी फांसी, जिस रस्सी से 20 मार्च सुबह 05:30 बजे फांसी दी जाएगी उसी रस्सी की टेस्टिंग के लिए आज सुबह 05:30 बजे के आसपास ही पवन जल्लाद ने चारों दोषियों के वजन के हिसाब से रेत और पत्थर के बोरो को रस्सी से लटकाया, चारो डमी फांसी जेल में दी गई। @indiatvnews— Abhay parashar (@abhayparashar) March 18, 2020
Pawan Kumar Gupta, one of the four convicts, on Tuesday filed another curative petition before the Supreme Court, claiming that at the time of committing the offence, he was a minor and thereby, his death sentence should be commuted to life imprisonment.
A Tihar Jail official said that another convict Akshay on Tuesday filed a second mercy petition to the jail authorities, addressed to the President of India.
This will also be forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) through the Delhi government, the official stated.
The four convicts in the 2012 case -- Mukesh Singh, Akshay Singh Thakur, Pawan Gupta, and Vinay Sharma -- were earlier scheduled to be hanged in January. The date was later postponed to February and then to March, this year.
A Delhi court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by Mukesh Singh seeking quashing of the death penalty claiming that he was not in Delhi when the crime was committed.
The case pertains to the brutal gang-rape and killing of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012, by six people including a juvenile in the national capital.
The woman had died at a Singapore hospital a few days later.