10th May 2010, Meerut: Mammu Singh (65) one of India's last official hangmen at his house in Shiv Hari Mandir Colony, Nail Basti, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India, 10th May 2010.
With the recent sentencing to death by hanging of Ajmal Kasab the sole surviving gunman from the Mumbai attacks in 2008 there is a good chance that if the sentence is carried out within a few years that Mammu Singh will be the hangman. He has expressed a wish to pull the lever and says it will be 'a great service to the entire country , the noose should be tightened around Quasab's neck. Only then will the souls of those who died in the 26/11 attacks rest in peace. It is my ardent desire to ne the one the Maharashtra government calls upon to execute Qasab'.
Singh is an executioner of 30 years standing following on from and to begin with assisting his father Kallu Ram Jallad, he performed his first execution in 1973 and his total is now 15. He was permanently employed as a hangman in 1998 and has been stationed at Meerut's Abdullapur jail ever since on a monthly sallary or Rs 3000. Together with his father he exectuted the assassins of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Before becoming a hangman Singh used to work as a rickshaw puller and also sold cloth in neighbouring villages.
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