It was a long sunless night for the four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape and Murder at Delhi’s Thihar jail. Time went like creeping snail. Both of them did n’t face each other and spend restless at night. The last few hours they were in isolation, locked up in separate cells, jail officials said.
Akshay Thakur, 31, Pawan Gupta, 25, Vinay Sharma, 26, and Mukesh Singh, 32, were hanged at 5:30 this morning, giving cessation to the family of a young medical student who was brutally gang-raped and being tortured on a moving bus in Delhi in 2012.
The execution was took place less than two hours after the Supreme Court dismissed the final petition of the convicts.
The four men were refused to eat most of the night, said officials. The entire jail was on lockdown since last night, and officials said, few other prisoners in Asia’s largest prison facility could sleep a wink ahead of the first execution since 2015.
The convicts were woke up at 3:30 am, around the time they learnt they had reached the end of the road in courts.
Three convicts – Pawan, Vinay and Mukesh -did labour work at Tihar Jail. The money for the work they did during their time in prison will be sent to their families, jail officials said . Akshay Thakur, however, has no earnings as he did not engage in any labour work at Tihar. All their belongings too will be sent to their families.
Vinay had earlier in February attempted to hurt himself by hitting his head on a wall in his cell.Their bodies were moved to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for autopsy. A five-member panel will do the post-mortem before they are disposed of as per their religious rites.