The phansi ghar (execution site) of the Chaudhary Charan Singh Jail here is being readied for the likely hanging of Nithari case convict Surinder Koli, who had been served a death warrant by a CBI court in Ghaziabad. As per the CBI court orders, Koli is to be hanged on September 12 provided the state government doesn’t extend the date.
“Though we have not received written directive in this connection, officials in Lucknow have inquired about the details. We are getting the phansi ghar ready and have also directed the hangman, Pawan, to be prepared,” S H M Rizvi, senior superintendent of the jail, said.
Rizvi said that in the case that nobody claims Koli’s body, the jail administration would request the district magistrate to get last rites performed as per traditions of his community. He said since Koli was not an inmate of the Meerut jail, the administration would have to make special arrangements for his stay.
Meerut’s District Magistrate Pankaj Yadav said nothing has been received in writing from the state government but, “we are prepared to execute orders as and when we receive the same”.
The hangman, Pawan, whose family has for four generations been in the profession, receives a monthly retention of Rs 3,000.