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Forgive me, just doing my duty

forgiveness on Miscellaneous - The hangman who carried-out the execution of Afzal Guru, convicted in the Parliament attack case, was brought from outside Delhi. As part of norms, the hangman while executing Afzal tendered his apology by saying that “he is performing his duty”.

Talking to this newspaper, Director General (Prisons) Tihar Jail, Vimla Mehra, said, “We called a hangman from outside Delhi”.

However, she refused to divulge more information. “He was hanged traditionally as other death convicts are hanged,” said Ms Mehra.

As per the jail manual, Afzal was not asked about his last wish by the jail authorities nor he himself expressed his last wish, sources in the Tihar Central Jail said. Sources said the hangman spoke to Afzal, just before the execution, and said, “Forgive me. I am performing my duty”.

Tihar jail authorities used ropes specially brought from the Buxar Central Jail in Bihar for the execution.

“Ropes were brought from Buxar few years ago” said Ms Mehra.

The jail official said these ropes are made of manila cotton, these ropes are soft with strong grip. Coconut oil is rubbed on the rope to make it stronger for execution.

“Even in British and Mughal eras, the ropes were brought from Buxar. We are following the same tradition for execution” said the source.

According to information, no one came to meet Afzal Guru for over a month and he spent his last times alone.

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