Nirbhaya case: bodies of convicts handed over to families for the last rites | Delhi News
Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26), and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) were executed on Friday at 5.30 a.m. for the savage assault on a moving bus by a 23-year-old paramedic student who became known worldwide as Nirbhaya the brave.
Prison officials said the bodies were left hanging for half an hour, a mandatory post-execution procedure according to the prison manual.
“After the doctor examined the bodies and declared the four dead, they were sent to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for an autopsy. Later, their bodies were released to their families,” said the director general of the Tihar Sandeep Goel prison.
According to a senior prison official, Akshay’s body will be taken to his village in Aurangabad in Bihar.
“Mukesh’s family members will take his body to Rajasthan. The bodies of Vinay and Pawan will be taken to their homes in the Ravidas camp in south Delhi,” they said.
Previously, his family members rushed to the DDU hospital to complete the necessary paperwork before performing the autopsy.
There were elaborate security arrangements in the hospital, especially near the morgue. No person, except the hospital staff and the relatives of the condemned, was allowed near the morgue.
This is the first time that four convicts have been hanged together in Tihar Prison, the largest prison complex in South Asia that houses more than 16,000 inmates.
After raping and brutalizing Nirbhaya, the men, one of whom was a young man at the time, left her on the road and left her dead on the cold winter night. Her friend who was with her was also severely beaten and thrown along with her.
She was assaulted so severely that the doctors who treated her at the hospital described her injuries as unprecedented. He died in a Singapore hospital after fighting for his life for fifteen days.