9 Mississippi Inmates Dead In Less Than A Month



Two more Mississippi inmates killed in prison: 9 inmates dead in less than a month

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Two inmates were killed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman Monday night, the Mississippi Department of Corrections announced Tuesday.

JACKSON, Miss. – Two inmates were killed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Monday night, the Mississippi Department of Corrections announced Tuesday, bringing the death toll at Mississippi prisons up to nine in less than a month.

The most recent deaths appear to be “an isolated incident – not a continuation of the recent retaliatory killings,” the department said in a tweet that provided scant information.

On Dec. 29, corrections department officials announced a statewide prison lockdown following a fight at South Mississippi Correctional Institution that left one inmate dead and two others injured. In the following days, riots and fights continued despite the lockdown, leading to four more killings across the state. Some of the violence, officials have said, is gang-related.

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The lockdown has since been lifted on all prisons except Parchman, where much of the violence has taken place. Seven men incarcerated at Parchman have died this month, including three who were killed by other inmates, one who died at a hospital of natural causes and one who was found hanging in his cell over the weekend, according to Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) did not release the names of the men who died Monday and said Parchman’s chaplain has reached out to next of kin.

No additional details were provided. MDOC said the agency is investigating and will share more information later.

Burton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Activists say gangs alone are not to blame for the recent surge of violence. Systemic issues related to repeated budget cuts and chronic understaffing have created an environment for violence to thrive, they say.

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U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson and nearly a dozen civil rights and social justice organizations had requested the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Mississippi prisons, charging that state leaders have known about the understaffing and “horrific conditions,” yet have repeatedly failed to take action.

Parchman inmates are suing former MDOC commissioner Pelicia Hall and the prison’s superintendent Marshal Turner, alleging they have violated prisoners’ constitutional rights by subjecting them to cruel and unusual punishment. The incarcerated men are being represented by attorneys working with hip-hop stars Jay-Z and Yo Gotti.

The lawsuit describes unsanitary conditions inside Parchman, including flooding, black mold and a rat infestation. Units go without running water and electricity for days at a time, it alleges.

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Former Florida Mayor Stole $650,000 From Charity Sentenced To 51 Months In Prison



(CNN)A former Florida mayor was sentenced to 51 months in prison Friday after defrauding the charity United Way of more than half a million dollars.

Guy Thompson, a former mayor of Milton, a city northeast of Pensacola, last year pleaded guilty to 20 counts of wire fraud and three counts of tax evasion in the case, according to court documents.
Between 2011 and 2018, Thompson was able to embezzle a total of $652,000.61 from United Way of Santa Rosa County while he served as executive director of the charity, court documents said.
Thompson deposited donations to the charity into his personal bank accounts — without telling anyone at the charity’s chapter about the donations — and used the money to make mortgage payments and to buy a beach condominium, according to the documents.
Ryan Cardoso, an attorney for Thompson, said the former mayor is “repentant and committed to making amends.”
“Words cannot express the remorse and sorrow that Mr. Thompson feels in this case,” Cardoso said in an email to CNN.
Thompson was also ordered to pay back the embezzled money, less the some $220,000 seized from his bank accounts.
Thompson was mayor of Milton for 20 years and was on its city council for 16 years, according to CNN affiliate WKRG. He was head of the United Way chapter for 39 years, the affiliate reported.

7-year-old girl in critical condition after shots fired into her home early on Christmas.



CHICAGO – A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition after shots were fired into her home early on Christmas.

At around 1:30 a.m., police were dispatched to the 3500 block of South Washtenaw Avenue on the report of a shooting.

Police said a 7-year-old girl was shot when a suspect fired into the Brighton Park home from the sidewalk. She was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

A man was also shot in the leg and is in stable condition.

Community activist Andrew Holmes spoke to the girl’s family. He said she was shot as the family was gathered around the table for Christmas.

“This baby should have been unwrapping gifts not in the hospital looking at doctors,” Holmes said.

Just a few houses down on the block, neighbor Ana Del Rio said she heard five gunshots.

“We heard the gunshots,” Del Rio said. “It was really, really close to home.”

Chicago police do not have anyone in custody. Area Central detectives are investigating.

“As we gather for the holiday, we renew our commitment to protect our children from harm. Praying for the young girl struck by a bullet in Brighton Park,” Mayor Lightfoot said on Twitter. “To the family, CPD will do everything possible to bring the perpetrator to justice. As a City, you have our love and support.”

On Christmas morning, the family issued the following statement.

The family of the 7-year-old girl who was shot in Brighton Park is grateful for the outpouring of love and support. She remains in critical condition. At this time, the family is requesting privacy. No interviews will be granted.  No additional updates will be provided today.

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15 Horses Shot And Killed In Field In Eastern Kentucky



(CNN)At least 15 horses appear to have been shot and killed at the site of an abandoned strip mine in eastern Kentucky, authorities said.

The horses were found scattered across a large area off of US 23 near the border of Floyd and Pike counties, according to Tonya Conn, president of the local group Dumas Rescue.
On Monday, a resident who lives near the strip mining site reported that some of his horses had been discovered dead after breaking loose from a fenced area, Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt told CNN. The man suspected that his horses had been killed.
The sheriff’s office went to the area and found at least 14 dead horses that appeared to have been shot, Hunt said. Some were part of a wild herd, while others belonged to residents. Among them were two colts and four pregnant mares.
The sheriff’s office suspects that more horses have been killed, Hunt said.
“To think that somebody could point a gun and aim it at a horse and pull the trigger and do it repeatedly is unimaginable,” he said.
Hunt said the sheriff’s office plans to go back to the site on Thursday with a veterinarian to perform autopsies and collect evidence. Dumas Rescue is assisting with the investigation.
Residents of the community have been outraged over the incident. The horses were a scenic attraction for many people who ride ATVs in the area, Hunt said.
Conn said that Dumas Rescue had been working with the herd that appears to have been targeted for several years now.
“I’ve been doing rescues since 2004,” Conn told CNN. “We see a lot of starvation and a lot of cruelty, but that was the most horrific scene I’ve ever been on. Just cold-blooded malice.”
The Humane Society of the United States is offering up to $5,000 as a reward for anyone who has information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible, the organization confirmed to CNN. Hunt and Conn said that local residents are also sending in donations.
At a minimum, the person involved could face animal cruelty charges, CNN affiliate WYMT reported.

Fifteen years in Iowa jail for burning Gay Pride Flag



Fifteen years in Iowa jail for burning pride flag

Adolfo Martinez, 30, admitted to his crimes in a jailhouse interviewImage copyright POLICE HANDOUT
Image caption Adolfo Martinez, 30, admitted to his crimes in a jailhouse interview

A US judge has handed down a sentence of at least 15 years to a man who stole an LGBT pride flag from a church and burned it outside a strip club.

Adolfo Martinez, 30, admitted to the media that he took the flag from Ames United Church of Christ due to his animosity towards homosexuals.

He was found guilty last month of hate crime harassment, reckless use of fire and being a habitual offender.

The incident occurred around midnight on 11 June in downtown Ames, Iowa.

Police say the crime spree began at Dangerous Curves, a strip club, when police were called because a man was making threats. By the time they arrived, he had already been kicked out by bar staff.

After leaving the club, Martinez then travelled to the church and ripped down its flag. He then returned to the strip club where he used lighter fluid to burn the flag in the street. He also threatened to burn down the bar.

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He was arrested later that day, and told local media in a jail house interview that he was “guilty as charged”.

“It was an honour to do that. It’s a blessing from the Lord,” he said, explaining that he did it because he “opposed homosexuality”.

“I burned down their pride, plain and simple,” he told KCCI-TV. The interview was entered into the trial as evidence against him.

Church pastor Eileen Gebbie, who identifies as gay woman, says she agrees that Martinez’ actions were motivated by hatred.

“I often experienced Ames as not being as progressive as many people believe it is, and there still is a very large closeted queer community here,” she told the Des Moines Register when he was convicted in November.

“But 12 people that I don’t know, who have no investment in me or this congregation, said this man committed a crime, and it was a crime borne of bigotry and hatred.”

Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said Martinez was the first person in the county’s history to be convicted of a hate crime.

“The hard reality is there are people who target individuals and commit crimes against individuals because of their race, gender, sexual orientation,” she told the Ames Tribune.

“And when that happens it’s so important that as a society we stand up and people have severe consequences for those actions.”

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3 stabbed, 1 dead at Beaverton shopping center



3 stabbed, 1 dead at Beaverton shopping center; suspect in custody

Police say the suspect stole a car and left Beaverton before being taken into custody.

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Three people were stabbed at a Murrayhill shopping center in Beaverton late Wednesday morning, according to police. One of the victims died.

The stabbings happened sometime before 11:30 a.m. at the Murrayhill Marketplace, located at Southwest Murray Boulevard and Teal Avenue. Beaverton police say at least one person was stabbed inside a Wells Fargo bank. Officers also responded to a Planet Fitness. A woman at a nearby nail salon said police cars flooded the plaza and authorities ordered businesses to keep their doors closed. The marketplace is located in southwest Beaverton, just north of the Progress Ridge area.

Following the stabbings, police say the suspect stole a car and drove away. Police were led to a Chevron gas station in Tigard, located at 11747 SW Pacific Hwy, although it’s not clear what happened there.

The suspect was taken into custody at around 11:45 a.m. in a neighborhood on Southwest 83rd Avenue, just north of the gas station.

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The suspect’s name and charges have not been released. Police also haven’t released the conditions of the two surviving victims.

A press conference, where more information about the series of events is expected to be released, is scheduled for 4 p.m. The Washington County Major Crimes Team is investigating.

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Jersey City mayor: Gunmen wanted to target next door yeshiva with 50 kids inside



Jersey City mayor: Gunmen wanted to target next door yeshiva with 50 kids inside

If police hadn’t managed to trap shooters in kosher store where 3 killed, result would have been ‘much worse,’ says Steven Fulop; attack viewed as domestic terrorism

Police officers stand near the scene of a gun fight at a kosher supermarket and next door yeshiva in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Police officers stand near the scene of a gun fight at a kosher supermarket and next door yeshiva in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said Friday that he believes that the two gunmen who attacked a kosher store in the city, killing three people inside, were actually planning to target a yeshiva next door that had 50 children inside at the time of the assault.

“My opinion is that as more info comes out it’ll become increasingly clear that the target was the 50 children at the Yeshiva attached to that store.” Fulop, who is Jewish, tweeted:  “We will never know 100% but the doorway to the yeshiva was 3 feet away + it seems he goes in that direction 1st.”

Fulop said that if police had not managed to trap attackers in store, the result would have been much worse.

“This is a horrible tragedy but even in so much darkness with lives lost there is some light in that without question had the bravery/quick response of the police not trapped them in the store this could have been much much worse,” he said.

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My opinion is that as more info comes out it’ll become increasingly clear that the target was the 50 children at the Yeshiva attached to that store. We will never know 100% but the doorway to the yeshiva was 3 feet away + it seems he goes in that direction 1st

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On Thursday Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said the attack was driven by hatred of Jews and law enforcement and is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism.

The two killers were armed with a variety of weapons, including an AR-15-style rifle and a shotgun that they were wielding when they stormed into the store in an attack that left the scene littered with several hundred shell casings, broken glass and a community in mourning. A pipe bomb was also found in a stolen U-Haul van.

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This may be why @StevenFulop tweeted this earlier today: https://twitter.com/stevenfulop/status/1205475151430717440?s=21  https://twitter.com/stevenfulop/status/1205475151430717440 

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My opinion is that as more info comes out it’ll become increasingly clear that the target was the 50 children at the Yeshiva attached to that store. We will never know 100% but the doorway to the yeshiva was 3 feet away + it seems he goes in that direction 1st

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You can see the turn in this new video as well.

The massacre – while horrific – could have been so much worse. The 50 children upstairs had their lives spared only through an act of G-d.

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“The outcome would have been far, far worse” if not for the Jersey City Police, Grewal said Thursday. Authorities noted that the Jewish school was next to the market, and a Catholic school is across the street.

The attackers killed three people in the store, in addition to a police officer at a cemetery about a mile away, before dying in an hourslong gun battle with police Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Fulop later clarified his views to the New York Jewish Week, saying: “My job is different than the people that are doing the investigation. I do my best to say it how I see it.”

He cited the locations of the store and yeshiva and the large cache of weapons that the shooters brought in their vehicle.

“It’s very, very clear that the perpetrator first doesn’t go directly to the deli, he goes toward the door adjacent to it, the building and the doors adjacent to it are the yeshiva…he brought a pipe bomb and he brought 5 guns and hundreds of bullets…we know that he drove deliberately to that location,” said Fulop. “You put all things together, it’s hard to come to any other conclusion.”

Jersey City’s mayor Steven Fulop, right, and the Director of Public Safety James Shea talk to reporters across the street from a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

On Thursday Grewal said it was clear the attack was anti-Semitic.

“The evidence points toward acts of hate. I can confirm that we’re investigating this matter as potential acts of domestic terrorism fueled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs,” the attorney general said. He said social media posts, witness interviews and other evidence reflected the couple’s hatred of Jews and police.

Grewal noted that after killing three people in the store, the couple concentrated their fire on police and did not shoot at others who happened to be on the streets.

This April 24, 2011 photo provided by the Kent, Ohio Police Department shows David Anderson, one of two gunmen who killed four people in Jersey City, N.J. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (Kent Police Department via AP)

Grewal said the attackers, David Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50, had expressed interest in a fringe religious group called the Black Hebrew Israelite’s, whose members often rail against Jews and whites. But he said there was no evidence so far that they were members, and added that the two were believed to have acted alone.

The pair brought their cache of weapons in a U-Haul van they drove from Bay View Cemetery, where they shot and killed Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals, according to the attorney general.

The Tunnel2Towers organization, formed after Sept. 11 to support police officers killed in the line of duty, said Friday it would pay the mortgage of Seals, who left behind a wife and five children.

Director of Public Safety James Shea called Seals “the ultimate detective or officer we would point to to tell young officers, ‘This is how you should behave.’” He said Friday that he doubted Seals would have been ambushed by the pair. Authorities haven’t disclosed why Seals was in the cemetery or details of the confrontation that led to his death.

Anderson fired away with the AR-15-style rifle as he entered the store, while Graham brought a 12-gauge shotgun into the shop. They also had handguns with a homemade silencer and a device to catch shell casings. In all, they had five guns — four recovered in the store, one in the van — in what Grewal called a “tremendous amount of firepower.”

Serial numbers from two of the weapons showed that Graham purchased them in Ohio in 2018, the attorney general said.

Mindel Ferencz (Courtesy)

The victims killed in the store were: Mindel Ferencz, 31, who with her husband owned the grocery; 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn who was shopping there; and store employee Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, 49. A fourth person in the store was shot and wounded but managed to escape, authorities said.

Members of New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community gathered Wednesday night for funerals for Ferencz and Deutsch. Thousands of people, mostly men, followed Ferencz’s casket through the streets of Brooklyn, hugging and crying.

The bloodshed in the city of 270,000 people across the Hudson River from New York City spread fear through the Jewish community and weighed heavily on the minds of more than 300 people who attended a vigil Wednesday night at a synagogue about a mile from where the shootings took place.

In the deadliest attack on Jews in US history, 11 people were killed in an October 2018 shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Last April, a gunman opened fire at a synagogue near San Diego, killing a woman and wounding a rabbi and two others.


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Brazil: Lula’s son’s defense requests annulment and removal of Lava Jato Curitiba case



Lula’s son’s defense requests annulment and removal of Lava Jato Curitiba case

Lawyers for Fábio Luís Lula da Silva, son of former president Lula, asked on Friday (13) that the investigation of the 69th phase of the Lava Jato be withdrawn from Curitiba. According to the defense, the case has already been subject to criminal investigation in São Paulo and was filed by the MPF in the state for lack of evidence.

Lula and Fábio Luís Lula da Silva
Lula and Fábio Luís Lula da Silva (Photo: Reproduction)

247 – The defense of Fábio Luís Lula da Silva, son of former President Lula, asked this Friday (13) to the Federal Regional Court of the 4th Region to withdraw the investigation of the 69th phase of the Lava Jato of Curitiba’s federal court and annul the court decision that decreed it, informs Folha de S.Paulo .

In their request to Judge João Pedro Gebran Neto, the lawyers argue that “the case has already been subjected to criminal investigation in São Paulo by order of the Superior Court of Justice. The inquiry was then filed by the Federal Public Prosecution Service in the state for lack of evidence. They claim that any further investigation on the subject can only be done in the same place, “the report says.

They also state that “there is nothing in the 69th phase of Operation Lava Jato that points to any trace of fraud or embezzlement at Petrobras.”

“The jurisdiction of the 13th Federal Court of Curitiba is restricted to illicit cases involving Petrobras, while the 69th Lava Jato Phase clearly investigates alleged illicit acts involving the telecommunications sector, with no relation to oil and gas,” he says. the defense.

Kentucky: Matt Bevin pardoned killer whose brother hosted campaign fundraiser



Former Kentucky governor pardoned convicted killer whose brother hosted campaign fundraiser: report

Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) reportedly ended his term in office with hundreds of pardons, including one for a man convicted of reckless homicide whose brother hosted a fundraiser for Bevin’s campaign.

According to the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Bevin made hundreds of pardons before leaving office this week, one of which involved Patrick Brian Baker, who was convicted for the 2014 home invasion death of a man in front of his wife and three children.

In a statement to the newspaper, Bevin called the evidence against Baker “sketchy at best,” adding: “I am not convinced that justice has been served on the death of Donald Mills, nor am I convinced that the evidence has proven the involvement of Patrick Baker as a murderer.”

The Courier-Journal noted that Baker’s brother, Eric Baker, hosted a fundraiser for Bevin that raised $21,500 last year to help clear Bevin’s debt from the governor’s 2015 campaign. Eric Baker and his wife also gave $4,000 to Bevin’s campaign on the day they of the fundraiser, according to the newspaper, which cited state election finance data.

One state’s attorney involved in the prosecution of Patrick Brian Baker told the Courier-Journal that Bevin had given prosecutors no warning of his plans.

“No one from the Bevin administration gave any warning this was coming. If they had, we’d have shown them why these rapists and killers were behind bars to begin with. These pardons regurgitate false statements of defense attorneys that juries of Kentucky citizens obviously didn’t believe,” the attorney told the Courier-Journal.

Gov. Andy Beshear (D), who narrowly defeated Bevin last month, took office on Tuesday.

Updated at 10:02 a.m.

India: Preparations on in Delhi’s Tihar jail to hang December 16 rape, murder convicts



Quiet preparations on in Delhi’s Tihar jail to hang December 16 rape, murder convicts: Official

The preparations include approaching a prison in Bihar for gallows rope, writing to other states for services of hangmen, and inspections of the courtyard as well as the equipment that will be used to carry out the execution.

INDIA Updated: Dec 12, 2019 08:12 IST

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Protestors hold placards to demand justice for the rape and murder of the Unnao rape survivor who was burnt alive by her alleged rapists, at Shahidi Park, ITO, in New Delhi.
Protestors hold placards to demand justice for the rape and murder of the Unnao rape survivor who was burnt alive by her alleged rapists, at Shahidi Park, ITO, in New Delhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Prison officers in Delhi’s Tihar jail have begun arrangements to execute the four men convicted of the December 16, 2012 gang rape and murder of a physiotherapy student in the national capital, according to officials aware of the preparations.

These include approaching a prison in Bihar for gallows rope, writing to other states for services of hangmen, and inspections of the courtyard as well as the equipment that will be used to carry out the execution.

“We have ordered 10 new ropes from the Buxar jail. We are making preparations so that when the time comes, everything is in place. The ropes are made in Buxar jail by prisoners. They have to be of a particular type and should not break during the hanging or cut the throat. We had some old ropes but we did not want to take a chance,” said a Tihar officer who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Pawan Gupta, Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh are on death row for the gang rape and murder of the 23-year-old woman who was tortured on a bus that she and a friend boarded in south Delhi’s Munirka. A fifth adult suspect in the case, Ram Singh, purportedly committed suicide in prison before the trial ended and a sixth was a minor at the time of the crime.

Prison officials did not indicate when the executions would take place and said that the four convicts were on October 27 reminded that they had exhausted all their legal options and that if they did not file a mercy petition within a week, the department would proceed with the execution process.

Last month, a mercy petition signed by one of the four convicts was first sent to the state government and then to Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal. State home minister Satyendar Jain and the LG recommended the petition be dismissed and forwarded the file to the President’s office. The convict, Vinay Sharma, withdrew the petition.

Two officials in the President’s office said there are no petitions from these convicts pending.

In a ruling in 2014, the Supreme Court held that a death row convict must be given a reasonable amount of time to take legal recourse against an execution warrant and to have a final meeting with members of his family. “Convicts need to be given 14 days from the date they have been told that their mercy petition has been rejected. The hanging too needs to be preceded by a notice,” said advocate Rishabh Sancheti, who was part of the legal team involved in the 2014 case and has represented convicts such as Surendra Kohli, whose death sentence was commuted over delays.

All of the preparations, the communications to Buxar prison officials and to Uttar Pradesh state officials (seeking services of hangmen), and the inspection of the gallows, which included a test carried out using a dummy weighing 70-80kg, was done on Monday, multiple officials told HT.

“We received a request letter from the Tihar prison through fax on December 9 (Monday) seeking services of the two hangmen of UP, as they do not have hangman there. The letter makes no mention of the convicts to be hanged but states there may be requirements,” said the director general (DG) of UP prisons administration and reform services, Anand Kumar.

A second Tihar officer confirmed that the department has written to not just UP but several states for the services of a hangman. Tihar does not have a hangman of its own at present. “If we do not get a hangman, it can be done by any jail official. We have to follow the manual and the process. Before Afzal’s hanging, we used the services of a hangman from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh,” this officer said, asking not to be named. Parliament attacks convict Afzal Guru was the last person to be hanged inside Tihar, on February 3, 2013. He was hanged by a jail official, whose name was never revealed by the government.

On Monday, prison officers also opened the gate of the “phasi kotha” in jail number 3, the courtyard where the execution will take place. Officers checked the iron beam, the wooden plank, and the lever. The officers then conducted a mock hanging by using sand bags to test the weight on the beam, plank, and lever.

(With inputs from Rohit Singh in Lucknow)

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