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The rope that eluded Buxar

Patna, Nov. 21: Officials and prisoners of Buxar Central Jail in Bihar are a touch disappointed for not getting the opportunity to weave the manila rope that would have been used to hang Ajmal Kasab.

Superintendent of Buxar Central Jail S.K. Ambastha said they were ready to supply the manila rope required to carry out a hanging. “But we did not get any requisition for the rope from the authorities of Yerwada Central Jail in Pune,” he said.

The Buxar jail, located about 125km west of Patna, is the only facility in the country that has the expertise to manufacture the wax-coated manila rope that can withstand wear and tear caused by an execution. Over 12 prisoners were eagerly waiting to prepare the hangman’s noose for Kasab.

Delhi-based Tihar jail officials placed the last order with the Buxar authorities for a manila rope about six years ago purportedly for hanging Afzal Guru, convicted for the 2001 Parliament attack. The Buxar jail had supplied the manila rope to the Bengal government in 2004 for the execution of Dhananjay Chatterjee, a rape case convict. That was the last execution carried out in the country until Kasab was hanged this morning.

Bihar has not witnessed any hanging in the past one-and-a-half decades. The last hanging took place in the state in June 1995 at Bhagalpur Central Jail when Ranchi resident Suresh Bahri was executed for murdering his wife and two children.


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