New Delhi: Rejecting the mercy pleas of convicts in five different cases, President Pranab Mukherjee has cleared ways for hanging of some more persons who were sentenced for committing heinous crimes.

The President decided the fate of the convicts under Article 72 of the Constitution.

Those whose mercy petitions have been rejected include Gurmeet Singh of Uttar Pradesh, who was sentenced to death for killing 13 members of a family on August 17, 1986 and Dharampal from Haryana, who had killed five members of a family of a girl he had raped in 1993.

Among others are Sonia, daughter of a former Haryana MLA, and her husband Sanjeev, who killed their eight relatives in Hisar in 2001 and Suresh and Ramji from Uttar Pradesh, who were convicted for killing five members of their brother's family.

Other cases deposed by the President includes Jafar Ali from Uttar Pradesh, who was convicted for killing his wife and five daughters in 2002, Sunder Singh from Uttarakhand, who was convicted for rape and murder in June 1989.

(JPN/Bureau)

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