Job opportunity: Hangman wanted

If you’re willing and ready to do whatever for a buck, then a job may have just become available in a rural Indian town – as an executioner.

Officials from the prison of Jorhat, 190 miles east of Gauhati, have a shortage of staff willing to send criminals to the gallows and have begun advertising for someone qualified in the ancient role.

The job description appears to be for only the one execution – that of Mahendra Nath Das, who was sentenced to death after committing a gruesome beheading in a busy market.

Judges in India rarely hand down a death sentence, but the court felt Das’ crime deserved no less after he ran through the street carrying the bloodied head of Hara Kunt – a rival official in the local transporters’ union.

There have only been two hangings in the country over the past 15 years and India’s most experienced hangman, Nata Mullick, passed away in 2009 – leaving the role vacant.

In 2004 Mullick, then aged 84, actually had to come out of retirement to hang the last man punished with death.

Neighbouring jails in the states of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have been contacted but nobody has responded.

If authorities fail to find an executioner to perform the duty then it could jeopardise the sentence handed down not only to Das but also two other inmates condemned to death.

Currently on death row in India are Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, and Afzal Guru, who was convicted of the 2001 attack on parliament that killed 14 people.

Brojen Das, the jailor at the Jorhat prison, confirmed the vacancy saying: ‘We have started the process of putting up the gallows.’


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