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Nirbhaya Convict Files Mercy Plea In Court, Hanging To Be On Hold
While the nation awaits the execution Nirbhaya gangrape convicts, the Delhi government told the high court that execution of the death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case will not take place on January 22 as a mercy plea has been filed by one of them. The preparations for the death sentence to be carried out are in full swing. The Tihar Jail also carried out a dummy hanging two days ago. The "dummy execution" was done by the jail authorities to test the gallows using sacks filled with debris and stones according to the weight of the four men. The test was done at Jail 3 of Tihar, Asia's largest prison complex, where the convicts will be executed. Jail cell 3 was where Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged in 2013. The four convicts -- Vinay Sharma (26), Mukesh Kumar (32), Akshay Kumar Singh (31) and Pawan Gupta (25) -- are to be hanged on January 22 at 7 am in Tihar jail. A Delhi court had issued their death warrants on January 7.