NEW DELHI, July 20 � Mercy petitions of six death row convicts including Surendra Koli, found guilty in the sensational Nithari serial rapes and killings, have been rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee, reports PTI.
Besides Koli, mercy pleas of sisters Renukabai and Seema (Maharashtra), Rajendra Pralhadrao Wasnik (Maharashtra), Jagdish (Madhya Pradesh) and Holiram Bordoloi (Assam) have been rejected following recommendations of the Home Ministry, official sources said.
The mercy petition of Bordoloi, whose death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2005, was also rejected.
Bordoloi carried out the execution of three men of the same family in a gruesome manner in broad daylight in front of the villagers in an effort to protect his supremacy in the village.
On November 26, 1996, Bordoloi, along with 17 others, attacked the hut of Narayan Bordoloi, who was staying with his brother, wife and two sons. When Narayan locked the hut from inside, the accused and his men set the hut on fire.
Narayan�s brother and elder son tried to escape through a hole in the wall. However, Holiram and his men pushed the boy back into the fire. Narayan and his son were charred to death, while his wife sustained serious burn injuries.
Holiram did not stop at this. He later dragged another brother of Narayan, who was staying nearby, and sliced him into pieces in front of the villagers.