More than 50 convicts on death row in Maharashtra

More than 50 convicts on death row in Maharashtra

With three more persons getting capital punishment in the sensational Kopardi rape and murder case, the list of convicted criminals facing the noose has swelled up in Maharashtra, with over 50 on the death row.

A special fast track court on Wednesday in Ahmednagar sentenced Jitendra alias Pappu Babulal Shinde   Santosh Gorkha Bhawal and Nitin Gopinath Bhailume to death for the July 13 , 2016,  rape and murder of a minor girl in Kopardi.

Some months ago, two former aides of Karachi-based underworld don Dawood Ibrahim  received the death sentence in the  March 12, 1993, serial blasts case.

Pakistani national Mohammed Ajmal Kasab and Mumbai resident Yakub Memon are the two persons from Maharashtra, who have been hanged to death in the last two decades.  

Kasab was among the group of 10 Pakistanis and the only one caught alive during the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. His clemency plea was rejected by the President. He was hanged to death at the Yerawada jail in Pune on  November 21, 2012.

Yakub Memon, who played a key role in the March 12, 1993, serial blasts in Mumbai, was hanged to death in the Nagpur prison on  July 30, 2015.

According to prison statistics 2014, brought out by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), there are a total of 318 people, including eight women, on the death row across the country, of which 36, including three, are from Maharashtra.

However, between 2015-17, capital punishments have been given to convicts, which include the accused  in the Shakti Mill rape incidents and the 7/11 serial train bombings.

In April 2014, three youths- Vijay Jadhav, Mohammad Qasim Shaikh and Salim Ansari   - were sentenced to death for repeating the crime. They were involved in the  rape of a photojournalist and telephone operator at the Shakti Mill.

In September 2015, a trial court in Mumbai sentenced five people to death in the 7/11 train blasts case.   They are Kamal Ansari, Faisal Shaikh, Estesham Siddiqui, Naveed Khan and Asif Bashir Khan.

Among others on the death row in Mumbai and elsewhere in Maharashtra are three Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives, including a 43-year-old mother of two, who were awarded the capital punishment for their involvement in the August 25, 2003, explosions at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazar.

These convicts are Ashrat Ansari, his aide Hanif Sayed Anees and Hanif's wife Fehmida Sayed. They, too, have appealed in the Supreme Court.

In the Anjanabai Gavit case, which involves a series of kidnappings and murders, two sisters Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit,  too, are facing the capital punishment. The duo has been accused of kidnapping and killing a dozen children in the '90s in Kolhapur, Pune and Nashik.

Four years ago, the Bombay High Court confirmed the death penalty of Purushottam Borate and Pradeep Kokade, who were convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 22-year-old BPO employee Jyotikumari Chaudhary in Pune in 2007.

 

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