New Delhi: With execution of the Nirbhaya rape case convicts nearing, Tihar jail is running out of hangman. A source within the jail said that the Tihar prison officials are weighing their options as the execution may be conducted in one month. The convicts could be hanged any day after the court issues a “Black Warrant” sanctioning their execution. The warrant would be issued after rejection of their mercy petition by the President.
During the last hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, the Tihar administration was caught off-guard as the developments unfolded overnight. At the time, a jail official had agreed to pull the lever, the source said. “To avert the crisis, Tihar officials have unofficially started to contact other jails to inquire if they have a hangman. They are also inquiring in a few villages in Uttar Pradesh where the last hangman was from,” the source added.
In most likelihood, Tihar will not appoint a hangman even this time and hire someone on a one-time contract. “Executions don’t happen often in our system as the death penalty is given in rarest of rare cases. So, having a full-time hangman is not viable. Also, it’s difficult to find a full-time employee for this job description,” a jail official explained.