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Convict shifted to GMCH

Mahendra Das

Jorhat, Sept. 1: Death row convict Mahendra Nath Das was shifted to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) last night as a few of his internal organs were not functioning normally.

Das, who has been lodged in the Central Jail here since May last year after his mercy petition was rejected by then President Prathiba Patil, was admitted to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) on Wednesday night after he stopped taking food, demanding suspension of his death sentence and freedom.

An official at JMCH said Das was shifted to GMCH last night on the advice of the four-member medical team constituted to monitor his health.

“The team advised that some internal organs of Das were not functioning normally and his condition might deteriorate. So it was decided to shift him to GMCH.”

Das had told reporters on Thursday at JMCH that he was fasting indefinitely demanding suspension of his death sentence and immediate freedom. Earlier, he had gone on an indefinite fast but withdrew it after being persuaded by prison officials.

Jorhat police have served showcause notices to two police personnel guarding Das at JMCH for allowing him to interact with reporters.

Das, who was lodged in an isolated cell at the Jorhat jail and was not allowed to mingle with other prisoners, was sentenced to death by the sessions judge, Kamrup (Guwahati) on August 18, 1997, in connection with the murder of Harakanta Das in Guwahati on April 24, 1996.

Gauhati High Court confirmed the death sentence on February 3, 1998, and the Supreme Court upheld the sentence on May 14, 1999.


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