1992 में बिहार के हुए बारा हत्याकांड के मामले, जिसमें 35 भूमिहार जाति के लोगों की हत्या हुई थी, के सज़ायाफ्ता नन्हे लाल मोची, वीर कुअर पासवान, कृष्णा मोची (तीनों दलित) और धमेन्द्र सिंह की फांसी की सज़ा को राष्ट्रपति द्वारा उम्रकैद में बदले जाने का पीयूडीआर स्वागत करता है। परन्तु इस मामले में फांसी को उम्रकैद में बदला जाना अधूरा न्याय है क्योंकि इससे संबंधित शर्तों के बारे में किसी तरह की स्पष्टता के अभाव में ये चार कैदी अनिश्चित समय के लिए जेल में सड़ते रहेंगे। इन चार कैदियों को 2001 में टाडा डेज़िगनेटिड कोर्ट ने एक अत्यधिक पक्षपाती मुकदमे द्वारा फांसी की सज़ा सुनाई थी और 2002 में सर्वोच्च न्याय
PUDR welcomes the decision of the President commuting the death sentences of Nanhe Lal Mochi, Veer Kuar Paswan, Krishna Mochi and Dharmender Singh, convicted in the Bara massacre of 1992 for killing 35 members of the Bhumihar caste in Bihar. Commutation in this case, however, is justice half done as the four prisoners will continue to languish in jail indefinitely in the absence of any clarity on the terms of commutation. The four prisoners were sentenced to death in 2001 by a TADA designated court in an extremely biased trial and the sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2002.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Bihar
4, Deshratna Marg,
Patna, Bihar - 800001
2nd November, 2016
Subject: Release of Death Row Prisoners, Nanhe Lal Mochi, Veer Kuar Paswan, Krishna Mochi and Dharmender Singh, convicted in the Bara Massacre Case, 1992.
In the backdrop of the history of mass killings in rural Bihar over the two decades of the 1980s and the 1990s, and the fact finding missions conducted by PUDR, we bring out a report on the Bara massacre that happened on 12th February 1992 at village Bara in the Gaya district of Bihar.
Dead Wrong: Why was DhananjoyChatterjee Hanged?is a report which questions the judicial decision to hang Dhananjoy Chatterjee on 14th August 2004 in Kolkata’s Alipore Correctional Home. Chatterjee, a security guard, was awarded death penalty for the rape and murder of an 18 year old girl, Hetal Parekh, in March 1990 in her apartment in Bhowanipore, Kolkata.
Please accept the following petition and signatures appealing for clemency for Yakub Memon. The petition was circulated and the signatures were collected this afternoon in Delhi University from students and teachers.
After the Supreme Court rejected Yakub Memon’s curative petition on 21st July 2015, Memon has filed a mercy petition before the Governor and also a validity plea before the apex court. Many believe that he is cleverly using the system to buy time. Against those who are baying for his blood, it is important to remember that there are, arguably, very good reasons why he should not be hanged:
On 15th July, the Maharashtra government announced that it has initiated the process for hanging Yakub Memon. On 30th July, 2015 ‘he is to be hung by the neck till dead’. The announcement seemed inevitable after the Supreme Court had rejected his review petition on 10th April this year. Except that Yakub Memon has still not exhausted all legal remedies as he has a curative petition due to be heard in the Supreme Court on 21st July.
The irreversibility of death penalty, and the likelihood of innocents being executed by the Judiciary, is one of the strongest arguments for abolishing capital punishment. Dhananjoy Chatterjee today joins the list of persons where clear evidence exists that they were erroneously handed death penalty by the Indian judicial system.