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As the countdown to the hanging of four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case entered its final phase, the crowd loudly did the final countdown; a handful of posters reading “thanks to judiciary” and “the morning of justice” also were propped up outside the Tihar Jail premises…repost Asian Lite News

New Delhi: People hold posters outside the Tihar Jail ahead of the hanging of four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case, in New Delhi on March 20, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
New Delhi: People hold posters outside the Tihar Jail ahead of the hanging of four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case, in New Delhi on March 20, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

As the clock struck 5.30 a.m. on Friday the crowd assembled outside the Tihar Jail burst into celebration and even distributed sweets.

Slogans of ‘Nirbhaya zindabad’ and ‘live long Nirbhaya’ were also raised.

As the countdown to the hanging of four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case entered its final phase, the crowd loudly did the final countdown; a handful of posters reading “thanks to judiciary” and “the morning of justice” also were propped up outside the Tihar Jail premises.

The four rapists were finally hanged seven years after they and two others brutally gang raped the 23-year-old physiotherapy student and left her to die by the roadside.

As the four convicts 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.

New Delhi: Asha Devi, Nirbhaya's mother talks to press after the hanging of four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case, in New Delhi on March 20, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
Asha Devi, Nirbhaya’s mother talks to press after the hanging of four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case, in New Delhi on March 20, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

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 to 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.

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