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Under the Hangman's Noose SATULURl CHALAPATHl RAO and Gantela Vijayavardhana Rao, the death row duo in the infamous bus burning case that occurred in AP in 1993 resulting in the tragic death of 23 innocent passengers will be completing two long agonising years under the hangman's noose in Central Prison, Rajahmundry, by September 7. The campaign for a reprieve by the civil rights and dalit-Bahujan organisations and some other abolitionist groups succeeded in getting an indefinite stay by the central cabinet on execution on April 4. The two dalit youth condemned to death on September 7, 1995 by a sessions court in Guntur, AP, have not only spent four long years in prison but have also undergone the traumatic experience of being hours away from death four times. On February 12 last year the Supreme Court stayed their death warrant to be executable on February 20. Five days before the date of execution another warrant was stayed in September last by the AP High Court on a petition filed by APCLC. Seventeen hours prior to the scheduled time of execution the apex court stayed yet another warrant on December 17 last. A fourth death warrant was stayed by the same court when the prisoners were six hours away from death. The order was communicated to them only when they were two-and-a-half hours away from the scaffold. Thanks to the efforts of human rights lawyers at Delhi who moved the court on the strength of an appeal of Gyanpect Award winner Manasweta Devi to the president of India.

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