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Sun Jul 29 00:02:28 CDT 2007
34 now waiting for death at Yerawada jail
Once an integral part of India's freedom struggle, Pune's Yerawada Central
Prison now has another tag - the jail with the highest number of death row
inmates in the state, and possibly the nation.
The prison now houses 34 convicts facing the death penalty, the maximum in
the state after 11, given the capital punishment in the 1993 serial blasts
case, were moved to the high-security prison.
"With 34 convicts facing death, Yerawada has the maximum number of people
facing the capital punishment," Yerawada Central Prison superintendent
Rajendra Dhamane told Hindustan Times. "But most prisoners facing the
death sentence have been brought to the jail from outside the state."
The high court has upheld the sentences of some of these convicts. "They
are now awaiting a review petition to be heard by the Supreme Court,"
Those facing the death penalty have been convicted of crimes ranging from
rape and murder to waging war and hatching conspiracy. 2 of the 34 are
women including Seema Gavit, who along with sister Renuka, kidnapped and
killed 5 children between 1990-1996.
The Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for Seema, who is likely to be
the next convict to be executed although when that would happen has not
yet been decided. Renuka is lodged in the Nagpur prison and too faces the
"So far 56 convicts have been executed at Yerawada. No executions have
taken place since 1995," said George Vettikunnal, Research Officer,
Inspectorate (prison). Most executions took place in pre-Independence days
when freedom fighters Mahatma Gandhi, and Jawaharlal Nehru too were
Asim Sarode, a lawyer and human rights activist, said Amrutlal Joshi was
the last convict to be hanged at Yerawada in 1995. Before that 2
terrorists, Harjinder Singh Jinda and Sukhdev Singh Sukha, were hanged in
1992 for assassinating general Arun Vaidya, Sarode said.
(source: Hindustan Times)
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