Dhananjay's execution demanded at open debate in city

Dhananjay's execution demanded at open debate in city
Kolkata, Jun 26 (PTI) In the first public demand for the execution of Dhananjoy Chatterjee, the convict in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, politicians across political divides and people from diverse background today called for immediate implementation of the death sentence on him as a deterrent to heinous crimes like this, though a section of intelligentsia had sought a halt on the hanging.

Participating in an open debate on 'Hang or Not to Hang', organised by a Bengali daily here, Mira Bhattacharjee, social worker and wife of Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee, said, ''Dhananjoy had committed a heinous crime. He is a disease in society which has to be dispensed with.'' Turning to 'over-exposure of Dhananjay's family in the electronic media', she said that it was being done to get sympathy for him, adding on the other hand, none of the family members of Hetal Parekh, the victim, were shown. ''Where were those people who talk about human rights when Parekh's family had to leave the city after that ghastly incident,'' she asked.

An emotionally-charged Bhattacharjee said, ''I have come here as a mother'' and wondered why some people were talking about human rights for such a criminal. ''How the question of human rights come in this case as it was a deliberate crime''? she asked.

Apart from Bhattacharjee, political leaders including, Md Salim and Sujan Chakraborty, both CPI-M MPs, Nationalist Trinamool Congress spokesman Nirbed Roy, party Chief Whip Sobhandev Chattopadhyay, NTC MLA Arunava Ghose, and naxalite leader Azizul Haq demanded that Dhananjoy should be hanged to death immediately for the heinous crime he had committed.

Demanding Dhananjay's execution, a former state minister and CPI-M MP Md Salim said that academic discussion might continue on hanging but in this case the culprit who had 'committed unpardonable crime' must get this exemplary punishment.

He sought to know why a debate was taking place on his hanging when Dhananjay was convicted and when there was a provision for death sentence.

Echoing him, another CPI-M MP Sujan Chakraborty said that one could talk about human rights only in case of human beings. But Dhananjay who had committed rape on a minor girl and killed her should be hanged, he said.

Nationalist Trinamool Congress leader Sobhandev Chattopadhyay, who also demanded implemetation of the death sentence on Dhananjay, said that criminals would be encouraged if this exemplary punishment was not given to him.

Eminent footballer Prasun Banerjee who supported the death sentence on Dhananjay, said that this was necessary for the good of society.

State Fire services minister Pratim Chatterjee, the Chief Minister's daughter Suchetana Bhattacharjee and many others also demanded immediate implementation of the death sentence.

Meanwhile, Humanist Association of India criticised those who had called for a halt on hanging and demanded that immediate justice should be meted out by implementing the apex court order.

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