Two men from Bihar's Samastipur district have offered to work as hangmen to hang Pakistani jehadi Ajmal Kasab, who was sentenced to death by a special court in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks case.
Saroj Kumar and Arvind alias Doman, both middle-aged residents of separate villages under Patori block in Samastipur, about 100 km from Patna, last week wrote letters to President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Maharashtra government to allow them to hang Kasab.
They said they have requested for a "life-time opportunity" to hang the lone surviving terrorist caught during the 60-hour Mumbai mayhem in which 166 people were killed.
"I read in the newspapers that there was no hangman to hang Kasab. So, I offered to hang him if provided an opportunity by the government," Saroj Kumar told IANS over phone.
Similarly, Doman said he was ready to hang Kasab. "I have simply offered to hang him," he said.
Saroj and Doman said the last official hangman of India, late Nata Mullick, was originally from Patori area.
In August 2004, he carried out the hanging of Dhananjoy Chatterjee, convicted of rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Kolkata.
"I will try to give a new lease of life to the Patori legacy to work as a hangman by hanging Kasab," Doman said.
Both admitted that they had no experience as hangmen but were confident of providing their services.