New Delhi: Hours before the execution, the Nirbhaya convicts had a restless night at Delhi’s Tihar jail. Their final hours were spent in isolation as all the four convicts were lodged in separate cells. Also Read - 7 Years, 3 Months Later, Nirbhaya Gets Justice; Take a Look at Timeline of Events
According to a report, the four men didn’t sleep nor ate in their final hours. Also Read - Dhananjoy Chatterjee, Ranga And Billa -- Rapists Who Were Executed in India Before Nirbhaya Convicts
Till last night, the convicts were engaged in a court battle in the hope of delaying the execution yet again. They had moved the Delhi High Court with fresh pleas to which the court said that there is no foundation in plea filed by 3 death row convicts seeking stay on their execution. Also Read - 'A Long Struggle, But Justice Finally Prevailed', Say Nirbhaya's Parents After Execution of All 4 Four Convicts
At 3:30 AM when the convicts were woken up, they finally came to grips with the reality of their awaiting death.
As the clock struck 5.30 AM on Friday, the crowd assembled outside the Tihar Jail burst into celebration and even distributed sweets. The convicts were finally hanged.
Security was beefed up outside the Tihar Jail Number 3 where the four convicts — Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) — were hanged.
Slogans of ‘Nirbhaya zindabad’ and ‘live long Nirbhaya’ were also raised.
Bodies of four Nirbhaya case convicts have been taken out of Tihar Jail for post-mortem at DDU Hospital.