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Monday, 06 April 2020 3.16 PM IST

Nirbhaya convicts silent on last wishes ahead of hanging

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NEW DELHI: The four Nirbhaya case convicts to be hanged on February 1, have given no reply to questions about meeting their family for the last time or willing their property, sources at Tihar jail said on Thursday.

The rules allow death row convicts to choose which family member they want to meet for the last time and when. Convicts are also asked to state whether they want to leave their property to anyone.

Sources say on both counts, the convicts - Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh and Pawan Gupta - were silent. This was seen to suggest that they remain hopeful of buying more time.

Eleventh-hour petitions by the convicts resulted in their execution, first scheduled on Wednesday, being deferred to February 1 at 6 am.

Nirbhaya's parents are among those who have denounced the delayed execution of the convicts, sentenced to death for the 2012 gang rape, torture and murder of a 23-year-old medical student.

Six men were arrested after the young woman was brutally assaulted on a moving bus in south Delhi for hours, tortured with an iron rod and thrown off the vehicle. One man was found hanging in his jail cell and the sixth, the youngest, just short of 18 at the time, was released after three years in a reform home.

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