The Amnesty International India has launched a campaign to halt the death sentence of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar and Karnataka convicts Shivu and Jadeswamy. Raising apprehension that the execution of the trio is imminent, Amnesty has called upon the public to raise its voice against capital punishment.
It has appealed to the public to build a public movement, while calling on the Indian authorities not to execute Bhullar, Shivu, Jadeswamy or any other prisoner. Amnesty has also demanded a fresh trial in Bhullar's case, besides halting further executions, commuting all death sentences to imprisonment and establishing an official moratorium on executions in order to abolish death penalty.
"On August 14, the Supreme Court upheld its rejection of Bhullar's commutation plea. He is now at risk of imminent execution. The mercy petitions of two other men were also rejected by the President in August, and reports suggest they could be executed on August 22," Amnesty said.
The President has also rejected the mercy petitions of Shivu and Jadeswamy, who were sentenced to death in July 2005 for a woman's rape and murder in 2001. The Karnataka High Court upheld the sentence in October 2005 and the Supreme Court did it in February 2007.