Dhananjoy Chatterjee

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Dhananjoy Chatterjee (14 August 1965 – 14 August 2004) was born in Kuludihi, West Bengal, India and worked as a security guard.[1] He was executed by hanging for the murder (following a rape) of 14-year-old[2] Hetal Parekh at her apartment residence in Bhowanipur on 5 March 1990. His sentence was carried out at Alipore Central Jail on 14 August 2004.[3][4]

Chatterjee, whose mercy plea was rejected on 4 August 2004, was kept at Alipore for nearly 14 years.[5] 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 Late 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 in West Bengal since 21 August 1991, when murder convicts, Kartik Sil and Sukumar Burman, were hanged at Alipore Jail.[6][7][8]

A book Hangwoman authored by KR Meera was inspired from Dhananjoy hanging.[9]

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