President commutes death sentence of eight to life

President Pratibha Patil has commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence given to eight murder convicts in two separate cases.

New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil has commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence given to eight murder convicts in two separate cases.

Patil gave her order on June 15 on mercy petitions submitted by Shyam Manohar and five others, and Dharmendra Kumar and Narendra Yadav.

Shyam Manohar along with Sheo Ram, Prakash, Suresh, Ravinder and Harish from Uttar Pradesh were on death row since October 1997 for killing five persons including a 10-year old boy.

The murders took place to avenge the killing of brother of one of the convicts. The Supreme Court had in 1997 upheld the death penalty awarded to them by the High Court. They had filed a mercy petition before the President soon after the verdict.

The file was re-submitted to President`s Secretariat on February 23, 2010.

PTI

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