State gives hangmen a raise

The man who hanged Ajmal Kasab, the lone Pakistani terrorist caught alive during the 26/11 carnage, on November 21 was paid Rs 5,000.

This because the state government increased the remuneration just in time. Otherwise, he would have got a measly Rs 10 .

The government also increased the budget for last rites of executed persons from Rs 50 to Rs 15,000 per unclaimed body.

The then government had adopted a resolution in 1962 to pay Rs 10 per hanging. But it also made a provision for the jail superintendent to give an additional Rs 25 to the executioner. The 1962 government resolution (GR) also put a cap of Rs 50 on expenses incurred on disposing remains of every executed prisoner whose body was not claimed.

"It was high time we reviewed the rates and have issued a new GR," Home Minister R R Patil said.

Kasab's was the first hanging in Maharashtra after 17 years. Before that, Sudhakar Joshi of Alibaug was hanged in 1995 for murdering three people, including two children.

There have been 18 executions in the state since Independence.

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