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Five mercy petitions of nine convicts pending

New Delhi, Aug 11: As reported by the National Crime Records Bureau a total of 117, 97 and 125 inmates were awarded capital punishment during the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively.

As per available records, there are five cases of mercy petitions, involving nine convicts, pending under Article 72 of the Constitution of India.

Data of prisons having facility for hanging convicts on death row is not maintained centrally. Prisons and its related matter is a State subject under the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India.

As reported by the National Crime Records Bureau, the number of convicts executed during the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 are 00, 01 and 01 respectively.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to a question by Bhairon Prasad Mishra, Dr. C.Gopalakrishnan and P.C.Mohan in the Lok Sabha today. (INN)

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