At 26 years, the wait has been the longest for Gurmeet Singh, 56, lodged in jail in Allahabad. Gurmeet is convicted of killing 13 members of his family in Pilibhit in August 1986. It was a murder driven by anger because Gurmeet’s family did not approve of his friendship with Lakha Singh. The two eventually committed the murders together. Lakha has since died. Gurmeet’s family suspected Lakha was romantically involved with Gurmeet’s wife.
When Gurmeet refused to break the friendship, his father disowned him after giving him a share of his property. Armed with swords, the two friends killed Gurmeet’s father Nazir Singh, his two brothers and their wives and eight children. Gurmeet’s brother Balwinder Singh survived along with his nephew Paramjit Singh and niece Veera Kaur, both 10 , while Balwinder’s wife was away that day.
Gurmeet was awarded death by the trial court in Shahjahanpur in 1992. The high court upheld the sentence in 1996, followed by the Supreme Court in 2005. He sent his mercy petition to the governor in 2005 and the President in 2006. The latter rejected it in 2013.
Lodged in Fatehgarh central jail, Jafar Ali, now 50, suspected his wife of an extramarital relationship and murdered not only her but their five children too, slitting their throats at their house at Etawaha in July 2002. Jafar, a tempo driver, then surrendered to police. Jafar was sentenced to death in July 2003. He sent a mercy plea in 2004 to the governor and in 2005 to the President, who rejected it in 2013.