The Supreme Court headed by Altmas Kabir has extended the stay of execution of the four convicted murderers of the Veerappan gang by 6 months. The gang of four — Simon, Bilvendran, Gnanaprakash and Meesekara Madaiah — have brutally killed 22 policemen including one police superintendent Harikrishna in 1992. One of those killed was Shakeel, then 32 years old. Shakeel’s father Abdul Kareem retired as a DSP – was 75 at that time and took the issue to Supreme Court and got them punished.

It is extraordinary that mainstream media is highlighting the agitations to show mercy to these killers by Muthulakshmi, the wife of brigand Veerappan. As usual the human rights cottage industry — is in full swing asking for mercy to the murderers. PUCL / South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM) etc. have formed a national confederation of human rights organisations to voice support…

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