Shabnam, convicted of the Bawankhedi massacre in Amroha district of Uttar Pradesh, is yet to be hanged. At the moment he has got some days of deferment. The mercy petition filed by his advocate with the governor has become his shield. Until the disposal of this petition, his death warrant will not be issued. The death warrant was not issued on Tuesday based on the copy of the petition sent to the Amroha Sessions Court by the Rampur Jail administration. The court has reserved its decision in this regard.
Shabnam will not be hanged to death on 15 April 2008 in the village Bawankhedi of Hasanpur in Amroha district, along with her lover Salim, who put her to death, parents, two brothers, sisters-in-law, cousins , and innocent nephews. Salim and Shabnam were sentenced to death by the Amroha Sessions Court on 15 July 2010. After that, the High Court and Supreme Court also upheld the punishment of both. Even his mercy petition was rejected by the President. The two then filed a review petition in the Supreme Court again. The Supreme Court dismissed Shabnam’s plea and sent an order for execution to the Rampur jail administration, while Salim’s reconsideration petition is still pending.
After getting the order of the Supreme Court, the Rampur Jail administration sent a report to Amroha Sessions Court for issuing the death warrant. In this order, the death count was to be issued to the session court on Tuesday i.e. 23 February. The sessions court sought a report from the prosecution officer regarding the Shabnam case. Meanwhile, on Friday, Supreme Court advocate Rajiv Jain reached Rampur Jail and gave him an application to file a reconsideration mercy petition by the Governor on behalf of Shabnam. A copy of it was sent to the sessions court by the jail administration.
On Tuesday, District Government Advocate Mahavir Singh presented the report of mercy petition sent to the Governor in the sessions court. Shabnam’s death warrant could not be issued on this basis. The court has reserved its decision in this regard. District government advocate Mahavir Singh said that a reconsideration mercy petition has been filed before the governor by Shabnam advocate. His copy was also sent here. A report has been given to the court in this regard. Advance action will be considered only after the disposal of the petition filed.