New Delhi: The face of the most audacious terror attacks on Indian soil, Ajmal Amir Kasab, is the latest name in the list of convicts who have been handed down death
sentence by courts.
Nathu Ram Godse, killer of Mahatma Gandhi, was hanged
on November 15, 1949. A right-wing extremist, he was put on
trial on May 27, 1948, nearly four months after Mahatma Gandhi
was shot dead at Birla House here during an evening prayer.
During the trial, Godse admitted his guilt and gave a
long deposition on his reasons for carrying out the
assassination. On 8 November 1949, Godse was sentenced to
While Godse was driven by hardline politico-religious
sentiments, Ranga and Billa brutally murdered two kids in 1978
and were sent to gallows by the Supreme Court.
Kuljeet Singh alias Ranga and Jasbir Singh alias Billa
had kidnapped for ransom siblings Sanjay and Geeta Chopra on
August 29, 1978.
Three days later, the bodies of the brother and sister
were recovered. Ranga and Billa were arrested from a train and
were executed in 1982 after a long trial which concluded four
years after the crime was committed.
In 1978, the Indian Council for Child Welfare
instituted two bravery awards for children under the age of
16, the Sanjay Chopra Award and the Geeta Chopra Award, given
each year along with the National Bravery Award.
In another sensational murder known as Joshi-Abyankar
murder case, four students of Pune`s famous Abhinav Kala
Mahavidyalaya were found guilty for 10 killings between
January 1976 to March 1977.
Rajendra Jakkal, Dilip Dhyanoba Sutar, Shantaram
Kanhoji Jagtap and Munawar Harun Shah were commercial art
students at the Mahavidyalaya who killed Achyut Joshi from
Vijaynagar, his wife and their son before decamping with
The quartet also committed another sensational murder
when they hacked to death five family members of noted
Sanskrit scholar 88-year-old Kashinath Shastri Abhyankar.
In the fastest trial, the accused were given death
sentence within four months on September 28, 1978. It was
later upheld by Supreme Court. Their mercy petition was
rejected by the President and they were hanged on November 27,
Prime conspirators of of the then Prime Minister
Indira Gandhi`s assassination Kehar Singh and Satwant Singh
were hanged on January 6, 1989. They were the last men to be
hanged in country`s largest prison- Tihar.
While the killers of Gandhi -- Beant Singh and Satwant
Singh were killed by the bodyguards, Kehar Singh and Satwant
Singh went through an exhaustive trial where thir crime was
upheld by the court.
In 1995, Auto Shanker, a dreaded serial killer, was
sent to gallows for six brutal rapes and murders between
1988-89. Shanker was hanged on August 27, 1995 at the
Salem Central Prison.
The latest case of execution was of Dhananjay
Chatterjee who killed 14-year-old Hetal Parikh on March 5,
1990 at her apartment residence in Bhowanipur.
He was kept at Alipore Jail for 14 years before his
mercy plea was rejected by former President A P J Abdul Kalam
and he was hanged to death on August 14, 2004.