|Ambadas Shinde, Bapu Shinde, Rajya Shinde in Jalna. (Express Photo by Pradip Das)|
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
After 13 years on death row, 5 men finally walk free: The fear never leaves you (Maharashtra)
Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR |Updated: March 20, 2019 12:09:15 pm
In an unprecedented decision, the Supreme Court, after restoring the appeals of the six convicts on death row, not only set aside their conviction and death sentence but also asked the state to pay compensation of Rs 5 lakh to each of them.
Twenty-one-year-old Arjun Shinde points to a shed built with 12 bamboo sticks and eight asbestos sheets that he and his 17-year-old brother Krishna built last week. “Not all the sheets are new, some are old. But we wanted to have some semblance of a home when Pappa came back from prison. He was coming home after 16 years. He would have felt bad to find out that his family had no home while he was gone,” says Arjun. In Bhokardan’s Kailash Nagar, stripped of lustre both by its parched backdrop and abject poverty, the shiny sheets of metal are conspicuous in their newness. The colony that is home to five extended families of the nomadic Vadar tribe, however, closed in to cheer the return of Ambadas Shinde, Bapu Shinde, Rajya Shinde last week but still wait anxiously for Raju Shinde who is yet to be released from the Nagpur Central prison for he is wanted in another case in Buldhana.
In an unprecedented decision, the Supreme Court, after restoring the appeals of the six convicts on death row, not only set aside their conviction and death sentence but also asked the state to pay compensation of Rs 5 lakh to each of them. It also directed the Maharashtra government to act against police officers who falsely implicated them in the murder of four members of Trambak Satote’s family in Nashik. But those 16 years cost everyone almost everything they had: from Bapu’s eldest son, who died while his father was in jail to Rajya, whose wife married another man and from a juvenile, who still has nightmares from staying on death row to Ambadas, whose children never went to school.
Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/after-16-years-on-death-row-6-men-finally-walk-free-the-fear-never-leaves-you-5634861/ (accessed on 29 May 2019)