Dhananjoy Chatterjee

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Dhananjoy Chatterjee (14 August 1965 – 14 August 2004) was born in a Bengali Hindu family in Kuludihi, West Bengal, India and worked as a security guard. He was executed by hanging for the murder (following a rape) of the 14-year-old Gujarati female juvenile Hetal Parekh at her apartment residence in Bhowanipur, on 5 March 1990 at Alipore Jail in Kolkata, India.

Chatterjee, whose mercy plea was rejected on 4 August 2004, was kept at Alipore for nearly 14 years. The execution was scheduled on 25 June 2004 but it was stayed after his family petitioned the Supreme Court of India, and filed a mercy plea with the then President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The family refused to either attend the execution or claim his body; it was later cremated.

The date of Chatterjee's execution was fixed at a high-level meeting at the office of Jail Minister Biswanath Choudhury. This was the first hanging at Alipore since 1993, when murder convicts, Kartik Sil and Sukumar Burman, were hanged. It was the first execution in India since 1995 (Auto Shankar was hanged on 27 April 1995).

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