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Prison yet to find hangman for Rajiv Gandhi killers

The Vellore Central Prison authorities, making arrangements for hanging three persons on death row for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, have not found a hangman yet. HT reports.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2011 08:06 IST
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The Vellore Central Prison authorities, making arrangements for hanging three persons on death row for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, have not found a hangman yet.

“Tamil Nadu does not have a hangman,” said an official source. The authorities are running out of ideas to find one to carry out the hangings of Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan on September 9.

The jail last carried out a hanging in 1983. There was no hangman to execute Settu alias Chandru, 35, who was given capital punishment for murdering a child. Prison officials had to carry out the hanging, said a police official who did not want to be named.

The last hanging in the state was of serial killer Auto Shankar at Salem Central Prison in 1995.

Lower rung personnel at Vellore Central Prison fear they may be drafted to carry out the execution of the three death row convicts.

The three were shifted to ‘condemned’ cells – each 10 ft by 10 ft – after the President Pratibha Patil’s decision rejecting their mercy petitions was conveyed to the prison authorities. According to a prison source, around 20 officials are guarding them round-the-clock so that none of them commits suicide.

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