Skip to content Skip to navigation

Hope eludes Mahendra Das


There seems to be hardly any hope for Mahendra Das if the Supreme court refuses to listen to him. The Guahati High Court on Monday rejected his plea to commute his death sentence to lifer a few days after it completed hearing of the petition.


But his family members are likely to move the supreme court seeking justice. On April 24 in 1996, Mahendra Das beheaded Harakanta Das in Guwahati and surrendered before police with the severed head.


He was jailed in 1997 following his death sentence by a lower court in Guwahati. The Gauhati High court and Supreme Court upheld capital punishment in 1998 and 1999 respectively. Mahendra's mother moved a mercy petition to the then President KR Narayanan in 1999. But only to be dismissed in May 2011by President Pratibha Patil. Mahendra filed a writ petition pleading for commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment since he had already spent about 14 years in jail during the disposal of his petition seeking clemency.


Add new comment

Random Stories

APSC: HC entertains Akhil’s PIL

30 Jul 2015 - 1:00pm | AT News
After days of will-it-won’t-it, Gauhati High Court entertained Akhil Gogoi’s PIL against Assam Public Service Commission which mires in controversy over the examination to select ACS, APS and allied...

SVEEP programme in Jakhama

17 Oct 2015 - 7:22am | AT News Dimapur
More than 1000 people joined in the systematic voters education and electoral participation (SVEEP) programme held at St. Joseph College in Jakhama on Friday. Nagaland Chief Election Officer...

Court slams hospital, jailor

16 May 2015 - 10:24pm | AT News
A local court in Karimganj has ordered action against central jail authority along with a group of doctors for violating jail rules. After an enquiry, the session court ordered suspension of...