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Death-row convict falls sick
M Chhaya in Kolkata | August 09, 2004 13:55 IST
Dhananjoy Chatterjee, who is awaiting execution for raping and murdering a teenage girl, has fallen sick and is receiving treatment.
He was taken to a hospital under heavy security after his blood pressure decreased and he complained of nausea.
The 39-year-old convict refused to have his food regularly after President A P J Abdul Kalam turned down his second appeal for mercy.
Now, the West Bengal government will decide on a date for his hanging.
Chatterjee seems to have come to the end of the road, but a faint hope remains as his family prepares to appeal to the Supreme Court one last time to commute his sentence to a life term because his execution has been delayed for almost 14 years.
Chatterjee was first handed the death sentence by a lower court in Kolkata in 1991, but his appeals in higher court and clemency pleas with the President kept him from the gallows.
Chatterjee, who worked as a security guard at the same building where his victim lived, was charged with raping and murdering 14-year-old Hetal Parekh in Kolkata in December 1989.
Jail sources said Chatterjee wasn't taking his medicines and was being administered saline.
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