New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday recommended the rejection of five mercy petition including that of Surendra Koli sent to the gallows for the serial killing of children in Nithari in Noida and of two sisters sentenced to death for murdering several children.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh signed five files recommending to President Pranab Mukherjee that the mercy petitions of Renukabai and Seema (Maharashtra), Koli (Uttar Pradesh), Rajendra Pralhadrao Wasnik (Mahasrashtra), Jagdish (Madhya Pradesh) and Holiram Bordoloi (Assam) should be rejected, official sources said on Wednesday.
The death sentence of 42-year-old Koli, who killed and later axed children in Nithari locality of Noida, was confirmed by the Supreme Court in February 2011.
While 16 cases were filed against him, he has been awarded death sentences in five cases so far and others are still under trial.
Out of the five whose mercy petitions were rejected by the government, Mr. Mukherjee’s office had returned the files of Seema and Renukabai and Jagdish to the Home Ministry for review as the previous government sent them to the President’s Secretariat at the fag end of its tenure.
The two sisters, along with their mother and another accomplice Kiran Shinde, kidnapped 13 children between 1990 to 1996 out of whom they killed nine. However, the prosecution could prove only five murders and two sisters were sentence to death. The case against the mother had to be abated as she died in 1997 while Shinde turned an approver in the case.
They used to kidnap children from localities of poor people in the areas of their operation and force them to commit thefts, lift goods and snatch chains. But when the children grew older enough to understand things, they were murdered by smashing their heads against the wall, railway tracks, by hitting them with iron rods or strangulation.
The Supreme Court had confirmed the death penalty of the two sisters on August 31, 2006.
The third case pertains to the gruesome killing of a girl child in village Asra of Maharashtra in which the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Rajendra Pralhadrao Wasnik in October 2012 for sexually abusing and murdering the victim.
His mercy petition was rejected by the Governor of Maharashtra.
The Home Ministry also recommended the rejection of mercy petition of Jagadish who was convicted for murdering his wife and five children (four daughters and a son, all aged between one and 16 years).
He was sentenced to death by Additional Sessions Judge, Manasa on April 24, 2006 and the punishment was confirmed by the Supreme Court in 2009.
Jagadish had pleaded that he was in an unsound state of mind and that his death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment as the capital punishment had not been executed for over three years.
However, the apex court said that in Jagdish’s case there was not much of a delay from the time of his conviction till the dismissal of his appeal on September 18, 2009.
The mercy petition of Assam’s Holiram Bordoloi, whose death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2005,, has also been recommended for rejection by the Home Minister.
Holiram Bordoloi carried out the execution of three men of the same family in a gruesome manner in broadlight in front of the villagers in an effort to protect his supremacy in the village.
On November 26, 1996, Holiram Bordoloi, along with 17 others, attacked the hut of Narayan Bordoloi who was staying with his brother, wife and two sons. When Narayan Bordoloi locked the hut from inside, the accused and his men set the hut on fire.
Narayan Bordoloi’s brother and elder son tried to escape through a hole in the wall. However, Holiram Bordoloi and his men pushed the boy back into the fire.
Narayan Bordoloi and his son were charred to death while his wife sustained serious burn injuries.
Holiram Bordoloi did not stop at this. He later dragged another brother of Narayan Bordoloi, who was staying nearby, and sliced him into pieces in front of the villagers.